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ERIC Number: EJ909158
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1644
Parent Report of ADHD Symptoms of Early Adolescents: A Confirmatory Factor Analysis of the Disruptive Behavior Disorders Scale
Van Eck, Kathryn; Finney, Sara J.; Evans, Steven W.
Educational and Psychological Measurement, v70 n6 p1042-1059 Dec 2010
The Disruptive Behavior Disorders (DBD) scale includes the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" (4th ed.) criteria for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiant disorder, and conduct disorder. This study examined only the ADHD items of the DBD scale. This scale is frequently used for assessing parent- and teacher-reported ADHD symptoms. Although some research on teacher report exists, little is known about the factor structure of parent-reported ADHD for this scale, particularly for early adolescents. Confirmatory factor analysis was used to assess the fit of a priori specified, theoretically based models of ADHD. Participants were 250 parents of early adolescents (M = 12 years, SD = 1.53), who completed the ADHD items of the DBD scale. A two-factor model of hyperactivity/impulsivity and inattention provided the best fit to item responses, but localized areas of misfit were present. Alternate wording for a few items was proposed. Implications of the findings and directions for future research 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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