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J Atten Disord. 2017 Mar;21(5):372-380. doi: 10.1177/1087054714526431. Epub 2016 Jul 28.

Diagnostic Utility of the Pediatric Attention Disorders Diagnostic Screener.

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1 University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, USA.
2
2 Rutgers University, Piscataway, NY, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The Pediatric Attention Disorders Diagnostic Screener (PADDS) is an evidence-based screener of attention and executive functioning that combines computer-based Target Tests of Executive Function (TTEFs; Target Recognition, Target Sequencing, and Target Tracking) with parent and teacher behavioral reports to efficiently screen children ages 6 to 12 for ADHD. The present study is the first to examine the utility of the TTEFs in predicting ADHD status.

METHOD:

The PADDS TTEFs were administered to 76 children (age = 6-12) with ADHD and 76 matched controls. Logistic regression and diagnostic efficiency statistics were used to evaluate the ability of the three TTEFs to predicted ADHD status.

RESULTS:

All three TTEFs significantly discriminated ADHD participants from controls, but each had a different diagnostic efficiency profile. Classification accuracy was improved when results of all three TTEFs were combined.

CONCLUSION:

The PADDS is a promising tool for quickly and reliably screening for ADHD in clinic and school settings.

KEYWORDS:

ADHD; attention; executive functioning; neuropsychological assessment; pediatric

PMID:
24639402
DOI:
10.1177/1087054714526431
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