Adult ADHD Screening in Alcohol-Dependent Patients Using the Wender–Utah Rating Scale and the Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale

Constanza Daigre, Carlos Roncero, Laia Rodríguez-Cintas, Lluisa Ortega, Anna Lligoña, Sonia Fuentes, Jesús Pérez-Pazos, Nieves Martínez-Luna, Miguel Casas

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

26 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

© 2014 SAGE Publications Objective: The aim was to analyze the psychometric properties of two screening instruments, Wender-Utah Rating Scale (WURS) that evaluates childhood ADHD and Adult ADHD Self-Report Scales (ASRS) that assesses symptoms in adulthood, in alcohol-dependent patients. Method: A total of 355 outpatients were included. Conners’ adult ADHD diagnostic interview results were used as a gold standard in childhood and adulthood ADHD. Results: The WURS with a 41 cutoff had a sensitivity of 79.6% and a specificity of 60.3%. The ASRS with a 14 cutoff had a sensitivity of 86.7% and specificity of 66.1%. Analyzing both rating scales in combination, it was observed that patients with positive ASRS and WURS presented a sensitivity of 92.3%. Patients with positive ASRS, but negative WURS, presented a specificity of 73.6%. Conclusion: WURS and ASRS are useful tools in the diagnosis of adult ADHD in alcohol-dependent patients; with the use of both instruments, the psychometric properties are substantially improved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)328-334
JournalJournal of Attention Disorders
Volume19
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

Keywords

  • adult ADHD
  • alcohol dependence
  • assessment
  • diagnosis
  • WURS

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Adult ADHD Screening in Alcohol-Dependent Patients Using the Wender–Utah Rating Scale and the Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this