by Russell A. Barkley
The Barkley Adult ADHD Rating Scale-IV (BAARS-IV) offers an essential tool for assessing current ADHD symptoms and domains of impairment as well as recollections of childhood symptoms.
The Barkley Adult ADHD Rating Scale-IV (BAARS-IV) offers an essential tool for assessing current ADHD symptoms and domains of impairment as well as recollections of childhood symptoms. Directly linked to DSM-IV diagnostic criteria, the scale includes both self-report and other-report forms (for example, spouse, parent, or sibling). Not only is the BAARS-IV empirically based, reliable, and valid, but it is also exceptionally convenient to use. The long version takes the average adult 5-7 minutes to complete, and the Quick Screen takes only 3-5 minutes. Special features include a section of items assessing the newly identified symptoms of sluggish cognitive tempo, also known as the inattentive-only subtype of ADHD.
Includes Permission to Photocopy Enhancing the convenience and value of the BAARS-IV, the limited photocopy license allows purchasers to reproduce the forms and score sheets and yields considerable cost savings over other available scales. The large format and sturdy wire binding facilitate photocopying.
Age Range: 18-89
Forms and Score Sheets:
- BAARS IV: Self Report: Current Symptoms
- BAARS IV: Self Report: Childhood Symptoms
- BAARS IV: Self Report Score Sheet for Raw Scores and Symptom Counts (Ages 18 39)
- BAARS IV: Self Report Score Sheet for Raw Scores and Symptom Counts (Ages 40 59)
- BAARS IV: Self Report Score Sheet for Raw Scores and Symptom Counts (Ages 60 89)
- BAARS IV: Other Report: Current Symptoms
- BAARS IV: Other Report: Childhood Symptoms
- BAARS IV: Self Report: Quick Screen
- BAARS IV: Self Report: Quick Screen Score Sheet for Raw Scores (All Ages)
- BAARS IV: Other Report: Quick Screen
- BAARS IV: Self Report: Current Symptoms Interview
- BAARS IV: Self Report: Childhood Symptoms Interview
150 Pages Size: 8" x 10 " Convenient Wire Binding
The BAARS IV is based on more than 16 years of research by the developer using prototypes of the BAARS IV. The large normative sample (N>1,200) is representative of the U.S. population in terms of region, socioeconomic status, education, ethnicity/race, and gender, based on the 2000 U.S. Census. Scoring sheets present norms for three age groups of adults (18 39, 40 59, and 60 89 years old).
Reliability of the scores is quite satisfactory as evidenced by high internal consistency (Chronbach's alpha of .92 for current ADHD and .95 for childhood ADHD symptom scores); good interobserver agreement (.67 to .70 across scales); and high test retest reliability over a 2 3 week interval (.75 for current ADHD and .79 for childhood ADHD symptom scores).
Validity Validity of the scale scores was evident in numerous analyses, including factor analyses; correlations with other measures of ADHD symptoms; and correlations, regression analyses, and group comparisons concerning disorder discrimination and concurrent validity with various measures of functional impairment in major life activities (associated risks in executive functioning, educational history, occupational functioning, social relationships, marriage, driving, financial management, crime and drug use, parenting stress, and offspring psychopathology, among other domains).
More extensive technical information is provided in the manual.