Vanderbilt ADHD Parent Rating Scale
Each rating should be considered in the context of what is appropriate for the age of your child.
When completing this form, please think about your child’s behaviors in the past 6 months. Please rate such that: 0=Never; 1=Occasionally; 2=Often; 3=Very Often
Patient First Name, Last Initial *
Your First Name, Last Initial *
Relation to Patient *
0=Never; 1=Occasionally; 2=Often; 3=Very Often
1. Does not pay attention to details or makes careless mistakes with, for example, homework *
Never
Very Often
2. Has difficulty staying focused on what needs to be done *
Never
Very Often
3. Does not seem to listen when spoken to directly *
Never
Very Often
4. Does not follow through when given directions and fails to finish activities (not due to refusal or failure to understand) *
Never
Very Often
5. Has difficulty organizing tasks and activities *
Never
Very Often
6. Avoids, dislikes, or does not want to start tasks that require ongoing mental effort *
Never
Very Often
7. Loses things necessary for tasks or activities (toys, assignments, pencils, or books) *
Never
Very Often
8. Is easily distracted by noises or other stimuli *
Never
Very Often
9. Is forgetful in daily activities *
Never
Very Often
10. Fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat *
Never
Very Often
0=Never; 1=Occasionally; 2=Often; 3=Very Often
11. Leaves seat when remaining seated is expected *
Never
Very Often
12. Runs about or climbs too much when remaining seated is expected *
Never
Very Often
13. Has difficulty playing or beginning quiet play activities *
Never
Very Often
14. Is “on the go” or often acts as if “driven by a motor” *
Never
Very Often
15. Talks too much *
Never
Very Often
16. Blurts out answers before questions have been completed *
Never
Very Often
17. Has difficulty waiting his or her turn *
Never
Very Often
18. Interrupts or intrudes in on others’ conversations and/or activities *
Never
Very Often
19. Argues with adults *
Never
Very Often
20. Loses temper *
Never
Very Often
0=Never; 1=Occasionally; 2=Often; 3=Very Often
21. Actively defies or refuses to go along with adults’ requests or rules *
Never
Very Often
22. Deliberately annoys people *
Never
Very Often
23. Blames others for his or her mistakes or misbehaviors *
Never
Very Often
24. Is touchy or easily annoyed by others *
Never
Very Often
25. Is angry or resentful *
Never
Very Often
26. Is spiteful and vindictive (wants to get even) *
Never
Very Often
27. Bullies, threatens, or intimidates others *
Never
Very Often
28. Starts physical fights *
Never
Very Often
29. Lies to get out of trouble or to avoid obligations (i.e., “cons” others) *
Never
Very Often
30. Skips school without permission *
Never
Very Often
0=Never; 1=Occasionally; 2=Often; 3=Very Often
31. Is physically cruel to people *
Never
Very Often
32. Has stolen things that have value *
Never
Very Often
33. Deliberately destroys others’ property *
Never
Very Often
34. Has used a weapon that can cause serious harm (bat, knife, brick, gun) *
Never
Very Often
35. Is physically cruel to animals *
Never
Very Often
36. Has deliberately set fires to cause damage *
Never
Very Often
37. Has broken into someone else’s home, business, or car *
Never
Very Often
38. Has stayed out at night without permission *
Never
Very Often
39. Has run away from home overnight *
Never
Very Often
40. Has forced someone into sexual activity *
Never
Very Often
0=Never; 1=Occasionally; 2=Often; 3=Very Often
41. Is fearful, anxious, or worried *
Never
Very Often
42. Is afraid to try new things for fear of making mistakes *
Never
Very Often
43. Feels worthless or inferior *
Never
Very Often
44. Blames self for problems, feels guilty *
Never
Very Often
45. Feels lonely, unwanted, or unloved; complains that “no one loves him/her” *
Never
Very Often
46. Is sad, unhappy, or depressed *
Never
Very Often
47. Is self-conscious or easily embarrassed *
Never
Very Often
Reference:
Adapted from the Vanderbilt Rating Scales developed by Mark L. Wolraich, MD. Available at Brightfutures.org.

M Wolraich, W Lambert, M Doffing, L Bickman, T Simmons, K Worley. Psychometric Properties of the Vanderbilt ADHD Diagnostic Parent Rating Scale in a Referred Population. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 28(8): 559-568 (2003).

https://www.brightfutures.org/mentalhealth/pdf/professionals/bridges/adhd.pdf
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