Confirmation that Child Behavior Checklist clinical scales discriminate juvenile mania from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

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To determine whether boys meeting diagnostic criteria for juvenile mania and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (mania-ADHD) may be distinguished from boys with ADHD alone on a range of clinical and family variables.


Boys aged 9-13 years with mania-ADHD (n = 25), ADHD alone (n = 99), or no psychiatric diagnosis (n = 27) were compared on parent and teacher report Child Behavior Checklists (CBCL) and Conners Questionnaires, self-report CBCLs, patterns of comorbidity, intellectual functioning, and family variables.


Mania-ADHD subjects had significantly higher mean ratings than ADHD only subjects on the parent CBCL for the Withdrawn, Thought Problems, Delinquent Behavior and Aggressive Behavior scales and significantly higher rates of comorbid depression, anxiety and psychotic symptoms. Other variables did not distinguish the mania-ADHD and ADHD only groups.


These data confirm previous research indicating that the CBCL may be used to assist in the clinical identification of manic children.

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