Barkley Adult ADHD Rating Scale—IV (BAARS-IV)

Russell A. Barkley

A Paperback Original
A Paperback Original
February 1, 2011
ISBN 9781609182038
Price: $180.00
150 Pages
Size: 8" x 10½"
Convenient Wire Binding
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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.

QUICK VIEW
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

“Reliable, empirically based, and convenient to use for clinicians. Allow[s] a doctor to quantify behaviors that can't be readily observed in the clinic.”

ADDitude Magazine


“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 Pediatrics, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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
Reliability of the scores is quite satisfactory as evidenced by high internal consistency (Cronbach'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.

Table of Contents

1. Development of the BAARS-IV: History, Survey Methods, and Normative Sample

2. Factor Analysis, Scale Construction, and Item Frequencies

3. Relationship of BAARS-IV Subscales to Demographic Factors in the Normative Sample

4. Reliability

5. Validity

6. Scoring and Interpretation of the BAARS-IV Forms

Appendix. BAARS-IV 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


About the Author

Russell A. Barkley, PhD, ABPP, ABCN, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the 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 300 scientific articles and book chapters on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, 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.

Audience

Clinical and forensic psychologists; neuropsychologists; social workers; psychiatrists; primary care physicians; psychopathology researchers.

Barkley Deficits in Executive Functioning Scale (BDEFS for Adults), Barkley Adult ADHD Rating Scale—IV (BAARS-IV) and Barkley Functional Impairment Scale (BFIS for Adults)Special package offer: Barkley Adult ADHD Rating Scale—IV (BAARS-IV) measures current and recollected ADHD symptoms; the Barkley Deficits in Executive Functioning Scale (BDEFS for Adults) assesses clinically significant executive functioning difficulties; and the Barkley Functional Impairment Scale (BFIS for Adults) evaluates 15 major domains of psychosocial functioning.

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