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Adult Self-Ratings of the DSM-IV-TR Symptoms of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Title: Adult Self-Ratings of the DSM-IV-TR Symptoms of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: An Item Response Theory Perspective.
Name(s): Katz, Nolan, author
Proctor, Briley, professor directing dissertation
Schatschneider, Christopher, outside committee member
Prevatt, Frances, committee member
Sampson, James, committee member
Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2009
Publisher: Florida State University
Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: DSM-IV-TR based rating scales are among the most common measures of ADHD in adulthood; however, the psychometric properties of these scales are not well-documented. This study uses an IRT model to determine which symptoms (items) best discriminate between 193 self-referred college students with varying levels of inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity. Furthermore, the study investigates the possibility of gender bias in item endorsement. The hyperactive/impulsive items were significantly more reliable than the inattention items at identifying participants with Average and Above Average levels of the overall trait. Most items of both subscales exhibited a need for response format modification. Two items demonstrated significant gender bias. The results indicate a need for further investigation into the psychometric properties of the DSM-IV-TR symptoms of Inattention; whereas, the symptoms of Hyperactivity/Impulsivity appear to function appropriately.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-3299 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2009.
Date of Defense: March 17, 2009.
Keywords: Differential Item Functioning, Graded Response Model, ADHD Self-Report Ratings, Adult Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Item Response Theory, ADHD diagnosis
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Briley Proctor, Professor Directing Dissertation; Christopher Schatschneider, Outside Committee Member; Frances Prevatt, Committee Member; James Sampson, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Educational psychology
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