College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

The Conners' Parent Rating Scales: A Critical Review of the Literature.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-2001

Keywords

Conners, Child, Rating scales, Parents, Assessment, Personality.

Publication Title

Clinical Psychology Review

ISSN

0272-7358

Volume

21

Issue/No.

7

Abstract

The Conners' Parent Rating Scales (CPRS) have undergone a considerable amount of scrutiny—and subsequent refining, reshaping, and revising—since their development in 1970. While such longitudinal scrutiny has ultimately led to a more reliable, valid assessment tool, it has left behind a wake of literature filled with misinformation and ambiguity. Multiple versions of the Conners' Rating Scales (CRS), their misuse, and inaccurate reporting by researchers have created a body of literature that is difficult to interpret and misleading to both researchers and clinicians. This review is aimed at clarifying issues regarding the proper use of the CPRS as both a diagnostic instrument and a research tool.

DOI

10.1016/S0272-7358(00)00085-4