Title

Impulsivity Measures in an ADHD Population

Presenter Information

Elizabeth Corrigan

Presentation Type

Poster

Abstract

This study serves to examine the discrepancies between a self-report and an objective measure of impulsivity in adults with a diagnosis of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Participants were given the Barkley Adult ADHD Rating Scale 4th edition (BAARS-IV), a self-report measure in which individuals rate how frequently they experience symptoms of impulsivity (i.e., interrupting others) on a four point scale. Participants then completed the objective computerized Continuous Performance Test (CPT) which asks them to press the space bar after every letter except X. The CPT measures the impulsivity of a participant as indicated by recording the number of times they hit the space bar after the letter X (when they should not). It is expected that participants who report high levels of impulsivity will also display poor performance on the CPT. In comparing the self-report data to the CPT data, it is expected that the self-reports will indicate a higher level of impulsivity than suggested by the CPT. This research should help the field to better understand the nature of self-report versus objective measures when looking at ADHD. Data collection is ongoing.

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Impulsivity Measures in an ADHD Population

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This study serves to examine the discrepancies between a self-report and an objective measure of impulsivity in adults with a diagnosis of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Participants were given the Barkley Adult ADHD Rating Scale 4th edition (BAARS-IV), a self-report measure in which individuals rate how frequently they experience symptoms of impulsivity (i.e., interrupting others) on a four point scale. Participants then completed the objective computerized Continuous Performance Test (CPT) which asks them to press the space bar after every letter except X. The CPT measures the impulsivity of a participant as indicated by recording the number of times they hit the space bar after the letter X (when they should not). It is expected that participants who report high levels of impulsivity will also display poor performance on the CPT. In comparing the self-report data to the CPT data, it is expected that the self-reports will indicate a higher level of impulsivity than suggested by the CPT. This research should help the field to better understand the nature of self-report versus objective measures when looking at ADHD. Data collection is ongoing.