Behavioral Assessment of Core ADHD Symptoms Using the QbTest

Reh, Verena; Schmidt, Martin; Lam, Le; Schimmelmann, Benno Karl Edgar; Hebebrand, Johannes; Rief, Winfried; Christiansen, Hanna (2015). Behavioral Assessment of Core ADHD Symptoms Using the QbTest. Journal of attention disorders, 19(12), pp. 1034-1045. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage 10.1177/1087054712472981

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Objective: Hyperactivity, one of the core symptoms of ADHD, has been mostly neglected in neuropsychological assessment of childhood ADHD. The neuropsychological Quantified behavior Test (QbTest) separately assesses all three core symptoms of ADHD on a behavioral level. Factor structure of the QbTest and its concurrent and discriminant validity are presented. Method: An exploratory factor analysis (n = 828 children) was performed. In a second sample (n = 102 children) a Multi-Trait-Multi-Method (MTMM) approach was used for validity analyses. Results: A three factorial model explained 76 % of the total variance, with the resulting QbTest factors significantly influenced by age and gender. The MTMM approach yielded promising results for discriminant, yet inconsistent findings for concurrent validity between the QbTest and another attention test as well as for Conners' Parent and Teacher Rating Scales. Conclusion: Results indicate that the QbTest may be helpful for the behavioral assessment of childhood ADHD, yet further studies on its psychometric quality and clinical utility are needed. (J. of Att. Dis. 2012; XX(X) 1-XX).

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04 Faculty of Medicine > University Psychiatric Services > University Hospital of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

UniBE Contributor:

Schimmelmann, Benno Karl Edgar


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health








Myriam Pyrlik

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04 Oct 2013 14:36

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05 Nov 2015 01:30

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