Criteria and concurrent validity of DIVA 2.0: a semi-structured diagnostic interview for adult ADHD

Josep Antoni Ramos-Quiroga, Viviana Nasillo, Vanesa Richarte, Montserrat Corrales, Felipe Palma, Pol Ibáñez, Marieke Michelsen, Geurt van de Glind, Miquel Casas, J. J. Sandra Kooij

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Objective: The aim of this study was to assess for the first time the criterion validity of the semi-structured Diagnostic Interview for ADHD in adults (DIVA 2.0), and its concurrent validity in comparison with the Conners’ Adult ADHD Diagnostic Interview for DSM-IV (CAADID) and other ADHD severity scales, following the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th ed.; DSM-IV) criteria. Method: A transversal study was performed on 40 out-patients with ADHD to check the criteria and concurrent validity of the DIVA 2.0 compared with the CAADID. Results: The DIVA 2.0 interview showed a diagnostic accuracy of 100% when compared with the diagnoses obtained with the CAADID interview. The concurrent validity demonstrated good correlations with three self-reported rating scales: the Wender Utah Rating Scale (WURS; r =.544, p <.0001), the ADHD-Rating Scale (r =.720, p <.0001), and Sheehan’s Dysfunction Inventory (r =.674, p <.0001). Conclusion: The DIVA 2.0 is a reliable tool for assessing and diagnosing Adult ADHD and is the only one that offers free online access for clinical and research purposes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1126-1135
JournalJournal of Attention Disorders
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2019

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