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There is scarcity of research investigating the validity of self-report of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms compared to other informants, such as parents. This study aimed to compare the predictive associations of ADHD symptoms rated by parents and their children across adolescence on a range of adverse socioeconomic and health outcomes in early adulthood. Parent- and self-rated ADHD symptoms were assessed in 2960 individuals in early (13-14 years) and late adolescence (16-17 years). Logistic regression analyses were used to compare the associations between parent- and self-rated ADHD symptoms at both time points and adverse life outcomes in young adulthood obtained from Swedish national registries. Both parent- and self-ratings of ADHD symptoms were associated with increased risk for adverse outcomes, although associations of parent-ratings were more often statistically significant and were generally stronger (OR = 1.12-1.49, p 

Original publication

DOI

10.1007/s00787-017-0957-3

Type

Journal article

Journal

Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry

Publication Date

07/2017

Volume

26

Pages

857 - 867

Keywords

ADHD, Developmental epidemiology, Rating scale, Validity, Adolescent, Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity, Female, Humans, Longitudinal Studies, Male, Parents, Reproducibility of Results, Social Class, Treatment Outcome