Age of onset of ADHD in a sample of elementary school students

Daniel A. Waschbusch, Sara King, Andrea Gregus

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Abstract

Examined the age of onset of ADHD symptoms and subtypes using parent ratings of a large sample of elementary school students. Results showed: (1) in children with ADHD-combined type, hyperactive-impulsive symptoms emerged at younger ages than inattention symptoms; (2) about one-fifth of children who met symptom count and impairment criteria for ADHD did not meet the age of onset criterion; (3) Children who did not meet the age of onset criterion consisted primarily of children with inattention problems; and (4) children who did not meet the age of onset criterion had more impaired parent-child relationships, self-esteem, family functioning, and higher overall impairment ratings than children who did meet the criterion. These results raise questions about the validity of the age of onset criterion for ADHD as formulated in DSM-IV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-16
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology

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