Scientific article
Open access

Does the Continuous Performance Test Predict ADHD Symptoms Severity and ADHD Presentation in Adults?

Published inJournal of Attention Disorders, vol. 24, no. 6, p. 840-848
Publication date2020

Objective: Our study aimed to provide empirical evidence on the usefulness of one of the most popular neuropsychological tests, the Continuous Performance Test (CPT), as a marker of ADHD severity and presentations among adults. Method: ADHD participants were recruited in a specialized center for the diagnosis and treatment of adults suffering from ADHD (n = 201). Measures included the CPT3™ and ADHD symptoms using a clinical interview and self-reported measures. Results: Only 51.7% of the participants were classified as likely to have a disorder characterized by attention deficit, such as ADHD, by the CPT. The relationships between CPT variables and ADHD symptoms were small. The classification error was 80.3% for the inattentive presentation and 22.5% for the hyperactive presentation when using the CPT to identify ADHD presentations. Conclusion: There was no evidence of the clinical utility of the CPT to assess or monitor ADHD in adult populations diagnosed and treated for ADHD.

  • CPT
  • Adult ADHD
  • Diagnostic
Research group
  • Swiss National Science Foundation - NCCR SYNAPSY: The synaptic bases of mental diseases (phase II)
Citation (ISO format)
BAGGIO, Stéphanie et al. Does the Continuous Performance Test Predict ADHD Symptoms Severity and ADHD Presentation in Adults? In: Journal of Attention Disorders, 2020, vol. 24, n° 6, p. 840–848. doi: 10.1177/1087054718822060
Main files (2)
Article (Published version)
Article (Accepted version)
ISSN of the journal1087-0547

Technical informations

Creation08/22/2021 9:03:00 PM
First validation08/22/2021 9:03:00 PM
Update time03/16/2023 1:12:21 AM
Status update03/16/2023 1:12:20 AM
Last indexation10/19/2023 3:55:17 PM
All rights reserved by Archive ouverte UNIGE and the University of GenevaunigeBlack