Barkley Sluggish Cognitive Tempo Scale—Children and Adolescents (BSCTS-CA)

Russell A. Barkley

A Paperback Original
A Paperback Original
April 3, 2018
ISBN 9781462535187
Price: $165.00 $140.25
120 Pages
Size: 8" x 10½"
Convenient Wire Binding
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“This excellent manual presents the BSCTS-CA test, including both theoretical underpinnings and administrative/interpretive information. It is written by a nationally renowned expert in the field of ADHD. This should prove to be a useful rating scale for understanding sluggish cognitive tempo.”

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“The BSCTS-CA is a timely, much-needed, empirically based measure of SCT in children and adolescents. Carefully developed and evaluated in a large, representative sample, the BSCTS-CA will be of tremendous use to clinicians and researchers alike. This user-friendly manual presents compelling evidence for the validity, reliability, and clinical importance of SCT in youth. Once again, Barkley has used his extensive expertise to provide the field with an exceptional tool for anyone interested in attentional problems in children and adolescents.”

—Stephen P. Becker, PhD, Center for ADHD, Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center


“This is an important contribution from one of the pioneers in the discovery and research of SCT. Readers accustomed to dry technical manuals will be pleasantly surprised. The manual begins with a scholarly primer on SCT that manages to be accessible and easily understood, all the while surveying virtually everything that is known about SCT. The remainder of the manual focuses on the careful derivation and meticulous norming of the scale. The BSCTS-CA is an instrument with strong psychometric properties and gender- and age-based norms for children and adolescents that will help any clinician make defensible, evidence-based interpretations for their patients.”

—Keith McBurnett, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco


“Barkley has done it again! This rating scale and manual cut through the controversy about SCT with scholarly precision. You will learn how to identify SCT, why it is a valid category, and how it differs from attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. The BSCTS-CA comes complete with norms and data supporting its use as an evidence-based assessment tool. Clinicians, researchers, and students will value this resource.”

—Stephen V. Faraone, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and of Neuroscience and Physiology, State University of New York Upstate Medical University


“Barkley has gone above and beyond with this manual, combining reproducible rating scales for both children and adolescents with a host of useful clinical information. In addition to providing normative data, he presents findings on how SCT symptoms present across multiple mental health conditions and sociodemographic factors, and how SCT relates to many domains of impairment. There is even information on how clinicians can determine if patients make reliable improvements with treatment. Significantly, the scale evaluates SCT from a multidimensional framework, allowing clinicians to separately assess the daydreaming and sluggish/slow aspects of the disorder. Given that SCT has gained national attention, leading to assessment requests and questions from parents, this is an important resource for clinicians.”

—Joshua M. Langberg, PhD, Department of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University


“Barkley has developed yet another valuable resource for educators, researchers, and clinicians working with children and adolescents. This manual provides a comprehensive but user-friendly overview of the empirical literature on SCT, a detailed description of the development and validation of the BSCTS-CA, and reproducible rating scales. In addition to normative data from a large national sample, the manual addresses patterns of comorbidity and functional impairment, making the BSCTS-CA a timely tool that will both aid the evidence-based assessment of attention disorders and facilitate future research in this area.”

—Matthew J. Gormley, PhD., Department of Educational Psychology, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
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