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The Adult ADHD Quality of Life Questionnaire (AAQoL): A new disease specific measure for assessment of ADHD

by Bj√∏rn Gjervan, Hans M Nordahl
Nordic Psychology ()

Abstract

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is considered to be a developmental psychiatric condition that often persists from childhood into adulthood. A growing body of research evidence suggests that adult ADHD and its co morbid conditions contribute to severe functional impairment in multiple domains, including behavioral, emotional and interpersonal difficulties, and academic or occupational underachievement. These problems are found to be closely associated with low levels of quality of life. Currently there is a growing recognition that treatment of adult ADHD should extend beyond its core symptoms, and include overall quality of life. However, the absence of a sound and validated measure that comprises the features and specific difficulties in adult ADHD, has until recently been a barrier to such practice. The AAQoL is a health related disease specific measure that meets the need for a sound measure for assessment of impairment and quality of life for both clinicians and researchers. This instrument is now translated and available in Norwegian. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)

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