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Department of Psychology
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Validity of DSM-IV attention–deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptom dimensions and subtypes

Erik G. Willcutt, Joel T. Nigg, Bruce F. Pennington, Mary V. Solanto, Luis A. Rohde, Rosemary Tannock, Sandra K. Loo, Caryn L. Carlson, Keith McBurnett, & Benjamin B. Lahey


Journal of Abnormal Psychology

Online First Publication May 21, 2012


Overview. This paper describes a meta-analysis of 546 published studies that included data on the DSM-IV ADHD symptom dimensions or subtypes. The review was undertaken to test the validity of the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria for ADHD to inform the development of the criteria for ADHD in DSM-5.

Relation of the paper to the DSM-5 Workgroup. Joel Nigg, Rosemary Tannock, and Luis Rohde are members of the DSM-5 Workgroup on Disruptive Behavior Disorders and ADHD. That workgroup assigned them to form a subcommittee, chaired by Nigg, to examine ADHD subtypes and advise the workgroup. They were joined on the subcommittee by three consultants: Ben Lahey, Erik Willcutt, and Mary Solanto. This article reflects in part the conclusions and proceedings of DSM-5 sub-committee, in addition to input from the additional co-authors obtained for this report. However, the opinions in this article are those of the authors and do not reflect official positions of the American Psychiatric Association or the DSM-5 Workgroup.

Acknowledgements. The authors were supported during preparation of this manuscript by NIH grants R01 MH59105, R01 MH59111, R01 MH53554, R01 HD 47264, R01 MH 63207, R01 HD 38526, P50 HD 27802, R01 MH 70037, P50 MH 79485, R01 DA 24002, R01 MH 63941, R01 62120. We thank Cinnamon Bidwell and Sena-Hitt Laustsen for their assistance with the literature search and data consolidation, and thank Nomita A. Chhabildas for helpful comments on the manuscript.

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