Journal article

Parent ratings of ADHD symptoms: Differential symptom functioning across Malaysian Malay and Chinese children

Rapson Gomez, Alasdair Vance

JOURNAL OF ABNORMAL CHILD PSYCHOLOGY | SPRINGER/PLENUM PUBLISHERS | Published : 2008

Abstract

This study examined differential symptom functioning (DSF) in ADHD symptoms across Malay and Chinese children in Malaysia. Malay (N=571) and Chinese (N=254) parents completed the Disruptive Behavior Rating Scale, which lists the DSM-IV ADHD symptoms. DSF was examined using the multiple indicators multiple causes (MIMIC) structural equation modeling procedure. Although DSF was found for a single inattention (IA) symptom and three hyperactivity-impulsivity (HI) symptoms, all these differences had low effect sizes. Controlling for these DSF, Chinese children had higher IA and HI latent factor scores. However the effect sizes were small. Together, these findings suggest adequate support for inva..

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