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Prospective diagnostic cohort study.
General population, USA; interviews conducted 2001–03.
154 people aged 18–44 years who participated in the US National Comorbidity Survey Replication study. Participants were selected from four groups: those reporting no childhood ADHD symptoms; those reporting some childhood ADHD symptoms, but not meeting diagnostic criteria; those meeting childhood ADHD diagnostic criteria but no current symptoms; and those meeting childhood ADHD diagnostic criteria and having current symptoms.
The adult ADHD self-report scale (ASRS) includes 18 items based on DSM-IV Criterion A symptoms of adult ADHD. Each item asks how frequently a symptom occurred in the preceding six months rated on a four-point scale (0 = never to 4 = very often). The optimal method for scoring each symptom as present or absent was developed by selecting …
For correspondence: Dr R C Kessler, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School, 180 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, USA;
Sources of funding: National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Drug Abuse, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Eli Lilly, USA.
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