Key Features of the CONNERS 3

by Mother Huddle Staff

The Conners 3rd Edition (Conners 3) is the leading assessment of ADHD and comorbid disorders in children aged 6 to 18. It can support diagnostic and identification processes for ADHD and its’ most common comorbid disorders. The assessment takes into account home, school, and social settings with rating forms for parents, teachers, and youth.

Informed ADHD Diagnoses

The Conners 3 contains key features to enable psychologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians, child protection agencies, and mental health workers to inform and support their ADHD diagnoses with reliable tools.

This is important when a child in the classroom can’t focus or a teen has little patience with his or her parents at home. Diagnosing ADHD early can be the difference between a normal childhood with treatments to help versus a youth who struggles in every situation.

Effective Intervention

The Conners 3 results have direct connections to DSM-5 symptom criteria and IDEIA legislation. It helps to develop informed intervention and treatment strategies by identifying challenge areas and can monitor responses to intervention and its effectiveness with progress reports.

This can impact functioning at home, at school, or in social situations and effectively prevent social impairment or lack of emotional development when treated correctly and monitored for progress.

Comorbid Disorders

Facilitators can assess common comorbid disorders to assist with differential diagnoses with impairment items and discover how ADHD symptoms are affecting the youth and comorbid disorders.

This staple assessment is designed to reflect more than just ADHD for a comprehensive diagnosis and effective treatment plan using a complete set of information about the youth. It can detect associated features and functional impairments.

With scales for the most common comorbid disorders including conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, and anxiety and depression, the assessor can find and treat all disorders more effectively together.

Fast and Easy Forms

The easy-to-use forms encourage more time spent with the youth and less time on paperwork. The administration and scoring are easy to use and interpret and it’s easy to achieve multi-rater perspectives for a more comprehensive view of the youth’s difficulties in a variety of situations.

With forms for parents, teachers, and self, assessors can gather all of the data before making a determination. The diagnosis will be more accurate, leading to more effective treatment and progress reports.

Alternate forms in Spanish and French enable multi-lingual assessments with translation options, so that youths across language barriers receive the same opportunities for diagnosis and treatment.

The Conners 3 is a recognized staple for so much more than just ADHD. With a highly representative normative sample of 3400 children and youth from the general population and a gender and racial/ethnic distribution that closely resembles the population of the United States, you get better, more accurate results.

Internal consistency and test-retest reliability are very good and support the validity of the assessment. Conners 3 shows convergent and divergent validity when compared with other related measures. Discriminative validity is proven by the ability of the Conners 3 to differentiate between the general population and other clinical groups.

With the features needed to perform these assessments, the Conners 3 is a reliable way to assess youth with ADHD and comorbid disorders.


For more information on the Conners-3 and other Social, Emotional and Behavioral assessments, visit WPS.

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