Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 39, Issue 1, pp 33–43 | Cite as

Advancing Our Knowledge of ADHD in Latino Children: Psychometric and Cultural Properties of Spanish-Versions of Parental/Family Functioning Measures

  • Lauren M. HaackEmail author
  • Alyson C. Gerdes
  • Brian W. Schneider
  • Gabriela Dieguez Hurtado


The lack of available Spanish versions of assessment measures contributes to insufficient research and underutilization of mental health services for Latino children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Thus, the goal of the current study was to examine the psychometric and cultural properties of several Spanish versions of parental/family functioning measures commonly used in comprehensive ADHD assessments (i.e., the Parenting Sense of Competence Scale, Alabama Parenting Questionnaire, and Confusion, Hubbub, and Order Scale). Participants included 68 Spanish-speaking, Latino parents in Southeast Wisconsin. In general, the Spanish translations of the measures demonstrated good reliability and validity. Furthermore, the psychometrically-sound measures were significantly related to acculturation as predicted, suggesting that the scales are not only psychometrically valid, but also culturally valid for use with Spanish-speaking, Latino families.


Clinical child psychology Multicultural psychology Assessment ADHD Acculturation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lauren M. Haack
    • 1
    Email author
  • Alyson C. Gerdes
    • 1
  • Brian W. Schneider
    • 1
  • Gabriela Dieguez Hurtado
    • 2
  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentMarquette UniversityMilwaukeeUSA
  2. 2.Sixteenth Street Community Health CenterMilwaukeeUSA

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