Brown ADHD/EF Assessment Tools

Critiques and Reviews

“Based on a substantive body of research and theory, the BADDS (Brown ADD Rating Scale) is intended to assess a broad array of developmental impairments that may not be captured by DSM-IV Criteria. Convergent validity for the BADDS is supported by moderate to excellent correlations with the parent and teacher versions of the CBCL, the BASC, and Conners’ Rating scales.”

“…The BADDS has a special niche in its assessment of executive functioning deficits associated with ADHD. Its self-report version provides some insight into youths own experience of their impairments and allows comparisons with caregivers’ observations. The BADDS demonstrates impressive psychometric characteristics across age groups. A major advantage is the different developmentally suitable forms.”

“…Of the scales presented here, this is the only one that attempts to account for qualitative differences in the manifestation of behaviors as a function of age. Thus the BADDS may detect nuances of ADHD that are not reflected in DSM-IV-based scales. Therefore, the potential utility of the BADDS is high.”

“…The BADDS has a unique niche in its considerable potential for elucidating the specific neuropsychological deficits underlying. The BADDS should be especially useful for assessing the predominantly inattentive form of ADHD.”

Brent R. Collett, M.D., et al.
“A Ten Year Review of Rating Scales for ADHD”
Journal of American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

“Brown’s ADD Scales (1996) are very helpful. These scales have been developed and normed to assess five different dimensions in adults or adolescents. The five dimensions include organizing and activating to work, sustaining attention and concentration, sustaining energy and effort, managing affective interference, and utilizing working memory and accessing recall. The scale has been carefully designed to be sensitive to change and therefore can be used as an outcome measure for treatment. Our clinical experience with this scale is that it provides an accurate map of the difficulties that adult patients most often complain about and that it is the only scale that really taps the broad range of attention difficulties that are a major cause of morbidity in this population.”

Margaret Weiss, M.D., Ph.D. et al
ADHD in Adulthood: A Guide to Current Theory, Diagnosis and Treatment
Johns Hopkins University Press

“The Brown Adolescent and Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Scales are excellent examples of user-friendly self-report measures that tap highly salient, clinically important dimensions of ADHD symptoms. Administered either as a paper-and-pencil measure or a structured clinical interview the scales can be used for initial screening of individuals suspected of having ADHD, for comprehensive diagnostic assessment, and for monitoring of treatment responses to medical or psychosocial interventions.”

Arthur L. Robin, Ph.D.
ADHD in Adolescents: Diagnosis and Treatment
Guilford Press