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Attention, Genes, and Developmental Disorders$
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Kim Cornish and John Wilding

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195179941

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179941.001.0001

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Measuring Attention at the Behavioral Level

Measuring Attention at the Behavioral Level

Rating Scales and Checklists

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(p.131) 5 Measuring Attention at the Behavioral Level
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Attention, Genes, and Developmental Disorders
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Kim Cornish

John Wilding

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179941.003.0005

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.

Keywords:   measurement, attention, behavior, rating scales, DSM-IV criteria, behavior checklists, testing

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