Conners 4 tackles fairness and inclusivity in ADHD diagnosis

Recent articles from around the globe[i] questioning gender and race/ethnicity disparity in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) diagnosis make it clear that inclusivity in assessment and diagnosis is top of mind for parents and practitioners alike – a concern that has grown over the years along with research into neurodiversity.

Conners 4 from Canadian publisher Multi-Health Systems looks to change that. Using gender-inclusive language, culturally sensitive items, and items and scales that show no evidence of measurement bias regarding gender, race/ethnicity, country of residence, or parental education level, Conners 4 takes more recent research and concerns into account.

Updating from the previous edition, Conners 4 also embraces the practitioner’s requirement for quicker access, administration, and scoring by going online-only.

Other updates for the Conners 4 include:

  • Addressing critical concerns with Severe Conduct and Self-Harm Critical Items and a Sleep Problems Indicator
  • Evaluate new content areas and common co-occurring problems such as Emotional Dysregulation, Depressed Mood, and Anxious Thoughts.
  • Measure impairments related to ADHD symptoms in the school, social, and family domains.
  • Apply a dimensional approach with an additional DSM-5 Symptoms Scale: Total ADHD Symptoms

Conners 4 online credits (including access to the new Conners 4 manual) are now available for purchase from Hogrefe, as are its predecessor Conners 3, and other editions Conners Early Childhood, and Conners Adult ADHD Rating Scales. Please contact us for any questions regarding the Conners Family of assessments.


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