Validity of neurocognitive assessment methods in children with ADHD

Project: Research

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Psychiatry


Despite extensive research on ADHD, there is uncertainty about clinical assessment methods. A multitude of studies on objective neurocognitive assessment methods have been conducted, but few follow-up studies using repeated measurements. The overall aim of this project is to examine the longitudinal validity of naturalistic clinical neuropsychological assessments.This project is based on naturalistic clinical assessments conducted in a CAP clinic in Lund. Study I was based on retrospective data from 118 subjects referred on suspicion of ADHD. Seventy-eight were diagnosed with ADHD, 40 were not diagnosed with ADHD. Bayesian statistics, sensitivity, specificity, and the area under the receiver operator characteristic curve (AUC) were calculated to evaluate classification accuracy of behaviour ratings and two continuous performance tests (CPTs). Study II participants comprised 115 (other) children with ADHD and 52 typically developed school children. They were followed for an average of 3 years (aged 6–17 years at baseline) with 16 % attrition. Participants were assessed using rating scales (executive functions, ADHD symptoms, emotional symptoms) and performance-based neurocognitive measures. Results from this clinical project should increase knowledge on how measures vary with time and the impact for clinical outcome.
Effective start/end date2012/01/012018/12/31