The Conners' Adult ADHD Rating Scales (CAARS) measures the presence and severity of ADHD symptoms in adults 18 years and over, and assists clinicians to determine whether or not ADHD is a contributing factor to a client's difficulties. The CAARS scales quantitatively measure ADHD symptoms across clinically significant domains, while examining the manifestations of those symptoms.
The CAARS consists of a self-report (client) form (CAARS-S) and an observer (family/peer/supervisory) form (CAARS-O). Both forms have a long, short and screening version available. Both address the same behaviours and contain identical scales, subscales, and indices.
The CAARS-O Screening Version Quickscore Form contains the DSM-IV ADHD Symptom measures and the ADHD Index.
The Screening Version Forms are useful when a quick screen for DSM-IV symptoms of ADHD is required.
It includes 30 items, 3 DSM-IV ADHD symptom measures and a 12-item ADHD Index.
The DSM-IV ADHD Symptom Subscales include:
- Inattentive Symptoms
- Hyperactive-Impulsive Symptoms
- Total ADHD Symptoms