Validity of the Korean version of DIVA-5: A semi-structured diagnostic interview for adult ADHD

Minha Hong, J. J.Sandra Kooij, Bongseog Kim, Yoo Sook Joung, Hanik K. Yoo, Eui Jung Kim, Soyoung Irene Lee, Soo Young Bhang, Seung Yup Lee, Doug Hyun Han, Young Sik Lee, Geon Ho Bahn

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Background: This study was to assess the validity of the Korean version of the semistructured Diagnostic Interview for Adult ADHD, third edition (DIVA-5). The secondary aim was to compare sociodemographic and psychiatric comorbidities in adult patients with and without a diagnosis of ADHD. Methods: A total of 279 participants were recruited from nine psychiatric outpatient clinics in Korea. All participants were administered the Mini-International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI) Plus v.5.0.0, the Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale v1.1 (ASRS-v1.1) Symptom Checklist, and DIVA-5. Diagnosis concordance between two board-certified psychiatrists and DIVA-5 were analysed. Results: The DIVA-5 showed a diagnostic accuracy of 92%, a sensitivity of 91.30%, and a specificity of 93.62%. Significant clinical and demographic differences between ADHD and control groups were found. Conclusion: The Korean version of DIVA-5 is a reliable tool for assessing and diagnosing ADHD in adult Korean populations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2371-2376
Number of pages6
JournalNeuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
StatePublished - 2020

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  • Adult ADHD
  • DIVA-5
  • Korean
  • Validity


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