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Using the DBC-P Hyperactivity Index to screen for ADHD in young people with autism and ADHD: A pilot study

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posted on 2014-01-01, 00:00 authored by B A Gargaro, Tamara May, B J Tonge, D M Sheppard, J L Bradshaw, Nicole Rinehart
This study aimed to (1) determine preliminary validity of the Developmental Behaviour Checklist-Hyperactivity Index (DBC-HI) as a screening measure of combined-type ADHD in autism and ADHD, and (2) compare emotional-behavioural disturbance using the DBC in autism, ADHD and autism + ADHD. Forty-nine age- and PIQ-matched young people [6-18 years; 12 autism, 13 ADHD, 12 autism + ADHD, 12 typically developing] were recruited. Parents completed the Conners-Revised Rating Scale and DBC. The DBC-HI displayed strong internal consistency and good external validity, reliably measuring combined-type ADHD. The DBC-HI distinguished autism from autism + ADHD with fair sensitivity and specificity. Individuals with autism + ADHD exhibited a more severe profile of emotional-behavioural disturbance than autism or ADHD alone. The DBC may be a useful 'all-in-one' screening tool to (1) identify comorbidity and (2) determine the severity of emotional-behavioural disturbance in autism and/or ADHD. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

History

Journal

Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Volume

8

Issue

9

Pagination

1008 - 1015

ISSN

1750-9467

eISSN

1878-0237

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2014, Elsevier