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J Atten Disord. 2004 Oct;8(2):63-71.

Diagnostic performance of the CBCL-Attention Problem Scale as a screening measure in a sample of Brazilian children with ADHD.

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ADHD outpatient program at Hospital de ClĂ­nicas de Porto Alegre, Federal University of Rio Grande du Sul, Brazil.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the diagnostic performance of the Attention Problem Scale of the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL-APS) for the screening of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in a sample of Brazilian children and adolescents.

METHODS:

The CBCL-APS was given to 763 children and adolescents. Child psychiatrists using DSM-IV criteria confirmed the clinical diagnoses. Diagnostic performance was evaluated through Receiver-Operating Characteristic (ROC) curves.

RESULTS:

Only moderate areas under the curve (AUC) were found for the general sample (AUC = 0.79; 95% CI = 0.76-0.82), and for the subsample of referred patients (AUC = 0.78; 95% CI = 0.74-0.82). The subsample of patients with ADHD of the combined type presented the largest AUC (AUC = 0.85; 95% CI = 0.82-0.88).

CONCLUSION:

Our findings concur with previous studies of different cultures demonstrating adequate diagnostic performance of the CBCL-APS for the screening of ADHD, especially of the combined type.

PMID:
15801336
DOI:
10.1177/108705470400800204
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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