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Validation of a Spanish-language version of the ADHD Rating Scale IV in a Spanish sample

Jul 14, 2017 | Magazine: Neurología

Vallejo-Valdivielso M (1), Soutullo CA (2), de Castro-Manglano P (2), Marín-Méndez JJ (3), Díez-Suárez A (3).

The purpose of this study is to validate a Spanish-language version of the 18-item ADHD Rating Scale-IV ( in a Spanish sample.

From a total sample of 652 children and adolescents aged 6 to 17 years (mean age was 11.14±3.27), we included 518 who met the DSM-IV-TR criteria for ADHD and 134 healthy controls.

To evaluate the factorial structure, validity, and reliability of the scale, we performed a confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) using structural equation modelling on a polychoric correlation matrix and maximum likelihood estimation. The scale's discriminant validity and predictive value were estimated using ROC (receiver operating characteristics) curve analysis.

Both the full scale and the subscales of the Spanish-language version of the ADHD-RS-IV showed good internal consistency. Cronbach's alpha was 0.94 for the full scale and ≥ 0.90 for the subscales, and ordinal alpha was 0.95 and ≥ 0.90, respectively.

CFA showed that a two-factor model (inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity) provided the best fit for the data. offered good discriminant ability to distinguish between patients with ADHD and controls (AUC=0.97).

The two-factor structure of the Spanish-language version of the ADHD-RS-IV ( is consistent with those of the DSM-IV-TR and DSM-5 as well as with the model proposed by the author of the original scale.

Furthermore, it has good discriminant ability. is therefore a valid and reliable tool for determining presence and severity of ADHD symptoms in the Spanish population.

CITATION  Neurologia. 2017 Jul 14. pii: S0213-4853(17)30224-4. doi: 10.1016/j.nrl.2017.05.010