Measuring Attention at the Behavioral Level
Rating Scales and Checklists
Chapter 5 emphasizes the importance of examining attention at both the behavioral and cognitive levels. The current range of attention rating scales and more general Executive Function scales is assessed and it is argued that, although these scales are an important tool in capturing the range of severity of inattentive behaviors in ADHD, they are less effective in discriminating inattentive behaviors in disorders that also present with significant cognitive impairment. Thus more sensitive rating tools are needed to explore the range and severity of attention signatures at the behavioral level across different neurodevelopmental disorders and across development. Knowledge thus gained will complement the current cognitive research on disorders of attention. Attention must be regarded as a continuum, thus allowing a broader understanding of variation in attention phenotypes.
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