Using behavior rating scales for ADHD across ethnic groups: The IOWA Conners.

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Arthur D. Anastopoulos, Professor and Director of ADHD Clinic (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: In this study we examined the normative and construct equivalence of the teacher IOWA Conners Rating Scale (IOWA) in a sample of 3,998 elementary school children (2,124 African American and 1,874 European American) ages 5 to 11 years in an urban school district. Risk odds ratios (% > 2 SD) were calculated by gender and ethnicity. An exploratory Principal Axis factor analysis was performed to determine the appropriateness of the 2-factor model. Structural equation modeling was used to estimate the degree of fit for the 2-factor model. Both African American boys and girls received significantly higher scores than their European American counterpoints.There was a 2.48 to 3.51 greater likelihood forAfrican American boys and a 3.60 to 5.27 greater likelihood of African American girls to be rated > 2 SD above the mean for inattention/overactivity, aggression, or IOWA Conners Rating Scale scores. A rater ethnicity by student ethnicity (European American vs. African American) interaction was also found. Confirmatory factor analysis indicated that the same 2-factor model was appropriate for the African American and European American groups. The results suggest that although there is construct equivalence across the African American and European American groups, there is still a question as to normative equivalence.

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Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 9, 210-218
Language: English
Date: 2001
IOWA Conners Rating Scale (IOWA), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, ADHD

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