The aim of this study was to evaluate the psychometric properties of the Italian translation of the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-5 Clinician Version (SCID-5-CV) Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) module in a community sample of male adolescents.
217 male adolescents with problem behavior/poor performance at school were administered the SCID-5-CV ADHD module by trained clinicians during school time. Participants received also the Italian translations of the Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale, the Wender Utah Rating Scale, and the Personality Diagnostic Questionnaire-4+ Conduct Disorder Scale. Official school behavior and subject grades were collected.
Our findings suggested that DSM-5 adult ADHD diagnostic criteria may be reliably assessed using the SCID-5-CV ADHD module, at least in a community sample of male adolescents with problem behavior/performance at school. More than 6% of the participants qualified for a DSM-5 ADHD diagnosis; this finding was consistent with the available literature and supported the usefulness of adult ADHD diagnosis. All convergent validity coefficients were large (i.e., ≥ .50). A confirmatory bi-factor model proved to be the best fitting model of the SCID-5-CV ADHD symptom items.
We feel that our data provide first support to the reliability and validity of the SCID-5-CV ADHD module, at least among community male adolescents.