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Title: The SWAN Captures Variance at the Negative and Positive Ends of the ADHD Symptom Dimension
Contributor(s): Arnett, Anne B (author); Pennington, Bruce F (author); Friend, Angela (author); Willcutt, Erik G (author); Byrne, Brian J  (author)orcid ; Samuelsson, Stefan (author); Olson, Richard K (author)
Publication Date: 2013
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.1177/1087054711427399Open Access Link
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Abstract: Objective: The Strengths and Weaknesses of ADHD Symptoms and Normal Behavior (SWAN) Rating Scale differs from previous parent reports of ADHD in that it was designed to also measure variability at the positive end of the symptom spectrum. Method: The psychometric properties of the SWAN were tested and compared with an established measure of ADHD, the Disruptive Behavior Rating Scale (DBRS). Results: The SWAN demonstrates comparable validity, reliability, and heritability to the DBRS. Furthermore, plots of the SWAN and DBRS reveal heteroscedasticity, which supports the SWAN as a preferred measure of positive attention and impulse regulation behaviors. Conclusion: The ability of the SWAN to measure additional variance at the adaptive end of the ADHD symptom dimensions makes it a promising tool for behavioral genetic studies of ADHD.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Attention Disorders, 17(2), p. 152-162
Publisher: Sage Publications Inc
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1087-0547
Field of Research (FOR): 170101 Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology)
170205 Neurocognitive Patterns and Neural Networks
170201 Computer Perception, Memory and Attention
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 930103 Learner Development
930199 Learner and Learning not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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