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ERIC Number: EJ792281
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-1045-3830
Use of the Differential Ability Scales for Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Reddy, Linda A.; Braunstein, Dania J.; Dumont, Ronald
School Psychology Quarterly, v23 n1 p139-148 Mar 2008
The validity of the Differential Ability Scales (DAS) was assessed among children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and a matched control sample. The sample included 45 children with ADHD (69% with comorbidity) and 45 controls matched by age, gender, ethnicity, and parental educational level. Multivariate analysis of variance univariate test results and d ratios yielded statistically and clinically significant group differences on the Recall of Digits and Recall of Objects-Immediate diagnostic subtests. Discriminant function analyses indicated that the three Diagnostic Subtests accurately classified 67% of the sample with 69% correctly identified as controls and 64% correctly identified as ADHD. Recall of Digits was found to make the most significant contribution overall to the discriminant function. At a cutoff score of 40, Recall of Digits yielded high specificity and low sensitivity and moderate positive predictive power. Implications of results are discussed. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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