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Psychiatry Investig. 2013 Mar;10(1):41-6. doi: 10.4306/pi.2013.10.1.41. Epub 2013 Jan 24.

The WHO Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale: Reliability and Validity of the Korean Version.

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Department of Psychiatry, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea.



A self-report scale of adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, the World Health Organization (WHO) Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale (ASRS) was developed and demonstrated good psychometric properties. The purpose of the present study is to investigate the psychometric properties of the ASRS in Korean samples.


The ASRS includes 18 questions regarding the frequency of recent DSM-IV Criterion A symptoms of adult ADHD. We examined the factor structure, internal consistency, and convergent validity of the ASRS in Korean samples.


The ASRS demonstrated good internal consistency and test-retest reliability. Correlations between the ASRS and other adult ADHD measures were high, providing evidence of convergent validity. A subsequent exploratory factor analysis indicated that a two-factor solution provided the best fit.


It is expected that this scale would be helpful in clinical settings and research in Korea.


ASRS; Adult ADHD; Korean; Psychometric properties; Scale

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