Psychometric characteristics of the Wender Utah Rating Scale (WURS): Reliability and factor structure for men and women

M. A. Stein*, R. Sandoval, E. Szumowski, N. Roizen, M. A. Reinecke, T. A. Blondis, Z. Klein

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Abstract

The goals of this study were to examine the factor structure of the Wander Utah Rating Scale (WURS), to evaluate potential gender differences in factor composition, and to assess the reliability of the scale. The WURS was completed by 310 fathers and 305 mothers of children referred for evaluation of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). For males, a five-factor solution (Conduct Problems, Learning Problems, Stress Intolerance, Attention Problems, Poor Social Skills/Awkward) accounted for 72 percent of the variance. There was also a five-factor solution for females (Dysphoria, Impulsive/Conduct, Learning Problems, Attention and Organizational Problems, Unpopular) which accounted for 71 percent of the variance. Symptoms of inattention and impulsivity loaded on separate factors for both men and for women. Test-retest reliability was examined with e different sample of 57 adults who completed the WURS on two separate occasions, 1 month apart. The WURS demonstrated satisfactory internal consistency end temporal stability, and it may be a useful tool for the study of ADHD in adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)425-433
Number of pages9
JournalPsychopharmacology Bulletin
Volume31
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995

Keywords

  • adult ADHD
  • rating scales

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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