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

Gjervan B, Nordahl H ...see all

Nordic Psychology, vol. 62, issue 621 (2010) pp. 24-36

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Abstract

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is considered to be a develop-mental psychiatric condition that often persists from childhood into adulthood. A growing body of research evidence suggests that adult ADHD and its co mor-bid 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 associ-ated 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 dis-ease 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.

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  • AAQoL
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • impairment
  • quality of life

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Authors

  • Bjørn Gjervan

  • Hans M Nordahl

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