Validating the measurement of executive functions in an occupational context for adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Adi Stern*, Adina Maeir

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE. The objectives of this study were to better understand the cognitive profile of adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), their occupational performance, and their quality of life (QoL) and to examine the validity of a cognitive-functional evaluation (CFE) battery for these adults.

METHOD. Eighty-one adults with ADHD and 58 without ADHD completed ADHD symptom ratings, the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function-Adult Version, and the Adult ADHD Quality-of-Life Scale. An occupational performance interview was administered to the ADHD group.

RESULTS. A broad range of occupational concerns were reported. We found significant differences between groups on all measures. In the ADHD group, we found medium significant correlations among the measures.

CONCLUSION. Adults with ADHD experience cognitive and functional difficulties in their daily lives associated with QoL. The results support the use of a CFE battery that has been shown to be sensitive and specific for these adults.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)719-728
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Occupational Therapy
Volume68
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2014

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