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J Atten Disord. 2015 Oct;19(10):895-900. doi: 10.1177/1087054712462884. Epub 2012 Dec 4.

Deficient Emotional Self-Regulation in ADHD Assessed Using a Unique Profile of the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL): Replication in an Italian Study.

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  • 1ASL RM B Sandro Pertini Hospital Rome, Italy.
  • 2ASL RM B Rome, Italy.
  • 3University Sapienza, Rome, Italy assunta.marano@uniroma1.it.
  • 4Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care, Boston, MA, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

A unique profile of the empirically derived Child Behavior Checklist-anxious/depressed, attention, and aggression-deficient emotional self-regulation (CBCL-AAA-DESR profile: ≥180 and ≤210) may be used to identify a sizable minority of children with ADHD with associated DESR. The main aim of this study was to replicate these findings in an Italian sample.

METHOD:

The sample consisted of 358 children and teenagers aged 6 to 17 years of both sexes with (n = 190) and without a diagnosis of ADHD (n = 168).

RESULTS:

In all, 40.0% of children with ADHD had a positive CBCL-DESR profile compared with 3.5% of controls. Receiver-operating characteristic analysis showed that the CBCL-DESR profile cut-off (sensitivity = 97.33, specificity = 79.66, criterion ≥179, ≤210) discriminated the two subsamples.

CONCLUSION:

The findings replicate previous results highlighting the utility of the CBCL as a means of identifying DESR in children with ADHD.

© 2012 SAGE Publications.

KEYWORDS:

ADHD; emotional self-regulation; sensitivity; specificity

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23212599
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