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Is Behavioral Regulation in Children With ADHD Aggravated by Comorbid Anxiety Disorder?

Is Behavioral Regulation in Children With ADHD Aggravated by Comorbid Anxiety Disorder? Background: The present study investigated the impact of coexisting anxiety disorder in children with ADHD on their ability to regulate behavior. Method: Parent reports on the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function (BRIEF) in a comorbid group of children with ADHD and anxiety (n = 11) were compared to BRIEF reports in a group of children with a “pure” ADHD (n = 23), a “pure” anxiety (n = 24) and a group without any diagnosis (n = 104) in a 2 (ADHD vs. no ADHD) × 2 (anxiety vs. no anxiety) design. Results: The children with ADHD and anxiety disorder scored significantly higher on the Inhibit scale than children within the other three groups. Main effects of diagnosis appeared in ADHD children on the Inhibit, Emotional Control, and Working Memory scales, and on the Shift and Emotional Control scales in anxious children. Conclusion: The results indicate that a behavioral dysregulation in ADHD children is aggravated by comorbid anxiety. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Attention Disorders SAGE

Is Behavioral Regulation in Children With ADHD Aggravated by Comorbid Anxiety Disorder?

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Publisher
SAGE
Copyright
© 2011 SAGE Publications
ISSN
1087-0547
eISSN
1557-1246
DOI
10.1177/1087054709356931
pmid
20071639
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Abstract

Background: The present study investigated the impact of coexisting anxiety disorder in children with ADHD on their ability to regulate behavior. Method: Parent reports on the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function (BRIEF) in a comorbid group of children with ADHD and anxiety (n = 11) were compared to BRIEF reports in a group of children with a “pure” ADHD (n = 23), a “pure” anxiety (n = 24) and a group without any diagnosis (n = 104) in a 2 (ADHD vs. no ADHD) × 2 (anxiety vs. no anxiety) design. Results: The children with ADHD and anxiety disorder scored significantly higher on the Inhibit scale than children within the other three groups. Main effects of diagnosis appeared in ADHD children on the Inhibit, Emotional Control, and Working Memory scales, and on the Shift and Emotional Control scales in anxious children. Conclusion: The results indicate that a behavioral dysregulation in ADHD children is aggravated by comorbid anxiety.

Journal

Journal of Attention DisordersSAGE

Published: Jan 1, 2011

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