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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. Complete instructions for scoring and interpreting the scale are provided.
What does it do?: Assesses current ADHD symptoms and domains of impairment, plus recollections of childhood symptoms.
Age Range: 18-89
Administration Time: Long Form: 5-7 minutes. Quick Screen: 3-5 minutes.
Format: Self-report plus other-report (for example, spouse, parent, or sibling) rating scales.
Cost of Additional Forms: No cost--purchasers get permission to reproduce the forms and score sheets for repeated use.
See also the Barkley Deficits in Executive Functioning Scale (BDEFS for Adults), which assesses clinically significant executive functioning difficulties, and the Barkley Functional Impairment Scale (BFIS for Adults), which evaluates 15 major domains of psychosocial functioning.
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
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Russell A. Barkley, PhD, ABPP, ABCN, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children and Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. Dr. Barkley has worked with children, adolescents, and families since the 1970s and is the author of numerous bestselling books for both professionals and the public, including Taking Charge of ADHD and Your Defiant Child. He has also published six assessment scales and more than 280 scientific articles and book chapters on ADHD, executive functioning, and childhood defiance, and is editor of the newsletter The ADHD Report. A frequent conference presenter and speaker who is widely cited in the national media, Dr. Barkley is past president of the Section on Clinical Child Psychology (the former Division 12) of the American Psychological Association (APA), and of the International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology. He is a recipient of awards from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the APA, among other honors. His website is www.russellbarkley.org.Review:
"Barkley is one of the leading scientists in ADHD. With this rating scale, he continues to advance our scientific understanding of the assessment of this disorder."--Lenard Adler, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Director, Adult ADHD Program, New York University School of Medicine
"The BAARS-IV is a valuable addition to the assessment process for ADHD in adults. Barkley has created a valid and reliable tool that will greatly aid in the diagnostic and differential diagnostic process for ADHD. I will definitely include this current, comprehensive scale in my adult assessments, and I encourage other clinicians to do the same."--Sam Goldstein, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Utah School of Medicine; Clinical Director, Neurology, Learning, and Behavior Center, Salt Lake City
"Based on DSM-IV criteria, and normed on a large, representative sample of the adult population, the BAARS-IV will increase the reliability and validity of diagnoses of ADHD in adults. In addition to the self-reports of current and childhood symptoms, the BAARS-IV includes other-report forms and a quick screening tool. The development and validation of this scale and its presentation in the manual reflect Barkley’s usual impeccable work and his extensive clinical and research experience with ADHD."--Mary V. Solanto, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Director, ADHD Center, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
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