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Bi-factor models of attention deficit/hyperactivity symptomatology in adolescents Criterion validity and implications for clinical practice

This study evaluated the fit and criterion validity of a bifactor model for 18 DSM-IV attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms, along with nine supplementary symptoms that represented the manifestation of inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity in adolescence and early adulthood. Participants included N = 172 adolescents who were diagnosed with combined type ADHD and who were enrolled in a treatment study. A bifactor model provided reasonably good fit to combined parent- and teacher-reported DSM symptoms and supplemental items at baseline prior to treatment. Across models, the general factor was characterized by high reliability (ω = .93, .95), while specific inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive factors were characterized by poor reliability (ω = .30-.50). With respect to criterion validity, the general ADHD and specific inattentive factors were uniquely associated with home and school impairment ( R2 = .13-.29) but not adolescent risk-tasking behavior. Results are discussed with respect to the ways in which bifactor models of ADHD inform the diagnostic criteria for ADHD.

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Willoughby, M., Fabiano, G. A., Schatz, N. K., Vujnovic, R. K., & Morris, K. L. (2017). Bi-factor models of attention deficit/hyperactivity symptomatology in adolescents: Criterion validity and implications for clinical practice. Assessment. DOI: 10.1177/1073191117698755

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