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Relationship between executive functioning and symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorder in 6-8 year old children

Neely, Rachel Jane, Green, Jessica Leigh, Sciberras, Emma, Hazell, Philip and Anderson, Vicki 2016, Relationship between executive functioning and symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorder in 6-8 year old children, Journal of autism and developmental disorders, vol. 46, no. 10, pp. 3270-3280, doi: 10.1007/s10803-016-2874-6.

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Title Relationship between executive functioning and symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorder in 6-8 year old children
Author(s) Neely, Rachel Jane
Green, Jessica Leigh
Sciberras, EmmaORCID iD for Sciberras, Emma orcid.org/0000-0003-2812-303X
Hazell, Philip
Anderson, Vicki
Journal name Journal of autism and developmental disorders
Volume number 46
Issue number 10
Start page 3270
End page 3280
Total pages 11
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publication date 2016-10
ISSN 0162-3257
1573-3432
Keyword(s) attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
autism spectrum disorder
child
comorbidity
executive function
Summary This study examined relationships between executive functioning (EF) and ADHD/ASD symptoms in 339 6-8 year-old children to characterise EF profiles associated with ADHD and ADHD + ASD. ADHD status was assessed using screening surveys and diagnostic interviews. ASD symptoms were measured using the Social Communication Questionnaire, and children completed assessments of EF. We found the EF profile of children with ADHD + ASD did not differ from ADHD-alone and that lower-order cognitive skills contributed significantly to EF. Dimensionally, ASD and inattention symptoms were differentially associated with EF, whereas hyperactivity symptoms were unrelated to EF. Differences between categorical and dimensional findings suggest it is important to use both diagnostic and symptom based approaches in clinical settings when assessing these children's functional abilities.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10803-016-2874-6
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
170299 Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Grant ID 1008522
Copyright notice ©2016, Springer Science + Business Media New York
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30085243

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: Faculty of Health
School of Psychology
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