A review of the validity of laboratory cognitive tasks used to assess symptoms of ADHD

Shana L. Nichols, Daniel A. Waschbusch

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Abstract

Reviewed the validity of frequently used laboratory assessment measures of ADHD symptoms using research published since 1991. Emphasized examining the validity of the tasks as they are commonly used by clinicians and researchers. Tasks evaluated included the Continuous Performance Test (CPT) and the Gordon Diagnostic System (GDS), the Children's Checking Task (CCT), Delay of Gratification Tasks, the Choice-Delay Task, (C-DT), and the Stop Signal Task (SST). Results showed that the CPT, C-DT, and the SST had the most support, yet further efforts to evaluate the validity of these measures are needed before they can be used for more than experimental purposes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)297-315
Number of pages19
JournalChild Psychiatry and Human Development
Volume34
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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