Anxiety in young people with ADHD: Clinical and self-report outcomes

Tracey Tsang, Michael Kohn, Daryl Efron, Simon Clarke, Christopher Clark, Christopher Lamb, Leanne Williams

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    Objective: (a) To determine the prevalence of comorbid anxiety disorder in ADHD, defined by diagnostic criteria and (b) to compare anxiety as reported by parents and participants with clinician assessment. Method: Children with ADHD were assessed for comorbid anxiety disorder using the Anxiety Disorder Interview Schedule for Children. Parent report (Conners’ Parent Rating Scale–Revised: Long version) and self-report (State-Trait Anxiety Inventory and Brain Resource Inventory for Screening Cases–Child version) scales were used to assess anxiety. The ADHD–Rating Scale IV was used to measure ADHD symptoms. Results: Of 134 participants (11.0 ± 2.6 years), 31.3% had comorbid anxiety disorder. Comorbid anxiety disorder was associated with greater severity of ADHD. Anxiety symptoms from parent reports (p <.05) but not from child/self-report (p >.05) correlated with clinician assessment. Conclusion: Assessment for comorbid anxiety disorder and inclusion of parent rating in this assessment are important components of ADHD treatment in children and adolescents.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)18-26
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of Attention Disorders
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 20 Jan 2015


    • ADHD
    • adolescents
    • comorbidity


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