Informativeness of Maternal Reports on the Diagnosis of ADHD Journal Article uri icon



  • Objective: We evaluated correlates of the diagnosis of ADHD in youth by informant source. Method: Ninety-four pairs of mother reports and youth self-reports on ADHD were independently assessed, using diagnostic interviews from a large study of youth of both genders with and without ADHD. Comparisons were made on measures of interpersonal, school, and family functioning; treatment history; and parental psychopathology by informant source. Results: With the exception of higher rates of ADHD-associated impairment and higher frequency of treatment for ADHD in the combined youth-mother group. There were no other differences in any other clinical or familial correlates by informant source; both informant groups had higher levels of impairment in multiple nonoverlapping measures of dysfunction than controls. Males were overrepresented among the mother-only group. Conclusion: Maternal reports of ADHD result in a meaningful diagnosis of ADHD with high levels of impairment, regardless of endorsement by the affected youth. (J. of Att. Dis. 2007; 10(4) 410-417)

publication date

  • May 1, 2007

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  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • January 25, 2019 11:46 AM

Full Author List

  • Biederman J; Ball SW; Mick E; Monuteaux MC; Kaiser R; Bristol E; Faraone SV

author count

  • 7

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1087-0547

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1557-1246

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 410

end page

  • 417


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