Peer Victimization and Poor Academic Outcomes in Adolescents With ADHD: What Individual Factors Predict Risk?

Zendarski, Nardia, Breaux, Rosanna, Eadeh, Hana-May, Smith, Zoe R., Molitor, Stephen J., Mulraney, Melissa, Bourchtein, Elizaveta, Green, Cathrin D. and Sciberras, Emma 2020, Peer Victimization and Poor Academic Outcomes in Adolescents With ADHD: What Individual Factors Predict Risk?, Journal of Attention Disorders, pp. 1-11, doi: 10.1177/1087054720914387.

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Title Peer Victimization and Poor Academic Outcomes in Adolescents With ADHD: What Individual Factors Predict Risk?
Author(s) Zendarski, Nardia
Breaux, Rosanna
Eadeh, Hana-May
Smith, Zoe R.
Molitor, Stephen J.
Mulraney, Melissa
Bourchtein, Elizaveta
Green, Cathrin D.
Sciberras, EmmaORCID iD for Sciberras, Emma
Journal name Journal of Attention Disorders
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2020
ISSN 1087-0547
Keyword(s) Social Sciences
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Psychology, Developmental
peer victimization
social skills
Summary Objective: Examine individual factors associated with peer victimization (PV) in adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and to examine the association between PV and educational outcomes. Method: Participants were 121 adolescents ( Mage = 13.62, SD = 1.03; 89% boys) with diagnosed ADHD. Using path analysis, we tested whether general adolescent factors (ADHD symptoms, comorbid autism spectrum disorder, cognitive and social functioning, and age) were associated with experiences of PV, and associations between PV and academic outcomes. Results: Deficits in working memory (WM) and peer relationship problems were weakly and moderately associated with PV, respectively. PV was in turn was associated with adolescents’ attitudes about school, academic competence, and academic achievement. Conclusion: Adolescents with poor social skills and/or WM difficulties who have ADHD may be particularly vulnerable to being victimized by peers. Failure to identify and manage PV during early adolescence may be connected to poor educational outcomes.
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Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1087054720914387
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Field of Research 1701 Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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