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-S Short Quickscore Form is best used when administration time is limited or where there are multiple administrations over time required.
It contains 26 items and 6 abbreviated subscales. The 12-item ADHD Index and Inconsistency Index are also included on the form.
The Factor-Derived Subscales include:
- Inattention/Memory Problems
- Impulsivity/Emotional Lability
- Problems with Self-Concept
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- Postgraduate studies in Psychology or Medicine
Examples of specialists: Psychiatrists, Paediatricians, Psychologists