Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder symptoms reporting in Malaysian adolescents

Do adolescents, parents and teachers agree with each other?

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Abstract

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a clinical diagnosis relying on persistence of symptoms across different settings. Information are gathered from different informants including adolescents, parents and teachers. In this cross-sectional study involving 410 twelve-year old adolescents, 37 teachers and 367 parents from seven schools in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, reliability of ADHD symptoms among the various informants were reported. ADHD symptoms (i.e. predominantly hyperactive, predominantly inattentive and combined symptoms) were assessed by adolescents, teachers and parents, using Conners-Wells' Adolescent Self-report Scale (CASS), Conner's Teachers Rating Scale (CTRS) and Conner's Parents Rating Scale (CPRS) respectively. For predominantly hyperactive symptoms, there were statistically significant, weak positive correlations between parents and teachers reporting (r= 0.241, p<. 0.01). Statistically significant, weak positive correlations were found between adolescents and parents for predominantly inattentive symptoms (r= 0.283, p<. 0.01). Correlations between adolescents and parents reporting were statistically significant but weak (r= 0.294, p<. 0.01). Weak correlations exist between the different informants reporting ADHD symptoms among Malaysian adolescents. While multiple informant ratings are required to facilitate the diagnosis of ADHD, effort should be taken to minimize the disagreement in reporting and better utilize the information.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)483-487
Number of pages5
JournalAsian Journal of Psychiatry
Volume6
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013

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Keywords

  • ADHD symptoms reporting
  • Malaysian adolescents
  • Reliability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Psychology(all)

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