[Tools for the diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in adults. Self-rating behaviour questionnaire and diagnostic checklist]

Nervenarzt. 2004 Sep;75(9):888-95. doi: 10.1007/s00115-003-1622-2.
[Article in German]


We report on the development of a German self-rating behaviour questionnaire (ADHD-SR) and diagnostic checklist (ADHD-DC) for the diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in adults according to DSM IV and ICD 10 research criteria. When comparing self-rating with expert rating, we found good concordance measured by intraclass coefficients on the level of single symptoms and syndrome scores. High retest reliability of the ADHD-SR demonstrated the ability to assess time-stable behaviour traits. Evaluation of the psychometric properties revealed good internal consistency and adequate convergent and divergent validity measured by the "big five" derived from the NEO-FFI and the constructs impulsivity, venturesomeness, and empathy of Eysenck's impulsiveness questionnaire. We detected a remarkable correlation with the Wender Utah Rating Scale, which targets the detection of childhood ADHD symptoms. Diagnostic sensitivity for different cutoff points was calculated by ROC analysis at 65--88%. Specificity was 67% to 92%.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity / diagnosis*
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity / psychology
  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
  • Female
  • Humans
  • International Classification of Diseases
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neuropsychological Tests / statistics & numerical data*
  • Personality Assessment / statistics & numerical data*
  • Personality Inventory / statistics & numerical data*
  • Psychometrics / statistics & numerical data
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Statistics as Topic
  • Surveys and Questionnaires