Adult ADHD Self-Report Scales (ASRS)

We have had many requests from people who want to post the ADHD-ASRS v1.1 instruments on their websites.  Our preference would be that you link to this website and to our PDF of the instrument.  This is because we are unable to coordinate with other sites in order to provide updates to the new methodological evidence about the instrument as it becomes available. However, these updates will be available from this site.  

Permission requests

Use of the ASRS v1.1 6-question screener is free and does not require any formal permission or approval, but we do ask that you please cite the below article and include the copyright notice when using these scales. Also, please send us the citations to any published work that is based on the ASRS instruments.

Kessler, R.C., Adler, L., Ames, M., Demler, O., Faraone, S., Hiripi, E., Howes, M.J., Jin, R., Secnik, K., Spencer, T., Ustun, T.B., Walters, E.E. (2005). The World Health Organization Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale (ASRS). Psychological Medicine, 35(2), 245-256

Copyright © New York University and Ronald C. Kessler, PhD. All rights reserved.

If you find it necessary to recreate the ADHD-ASRS v1.1 6-question screener either in paper or electronic format, it is important that the instrument is not altered (i.e., that all the response options are included, that the scoring algorithm is not altered, and that the two levels of shading within the response categories are included).    

Please visit this site to request permission to use the ASRS v1.1 18-question Symptoms Checklist.

For more information on validation and translation of the ASRS v1.1, please send an email to:

Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale (ASRS) Version 1.1: Background Information (PDF)
Information on ASRS Distribution Scale in the General Population (PDF)

ADHD-ASRS instruments

ASRS v1.1 Screener-English (PDF)
ASRS v1.1 Symptoms Checklist-English (PDF) (View only; permissions to be sought before use)

Translated versions of the ADHD-ASRS instruments

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ASRS v1.1 Screener
ASRS v1.1 Symptoms Checklist -(View only; permissions to be sought before use)
Chinese (Mandarin)
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Chinese (Traditional)
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Portuguese- Brazil
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Spanish (for Mexico & U.S.)
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Spanish (for Argentina)
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Spanish (for Colombia)
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*Not yet translated in this language.

We would like to thank Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, Saena Arbadzadeh-Bouchez, Ron de Graaf, Josep Maria Haro, Norito Kawakami, Viviane Kovess, Jean-Pierre Lepine, Sing Lee, Daphna Levinson, Hans Ormel, Svetlana Stepukhovich, Maria Carmen Viana, Chuck Webb, Hans-Ulrich Wittchen, and Victoria Zakhozha  for their comments on prior versions of the translations.

*Note to all users: If you are unable to download the PDF files above, you will need to install Adobe Acrobat on your computer.  This is a free download available from: