Play preference of children with ADHD and typically developing children in Brazil : a pilot study

Pfeifer, Luzia Iara, Terra, Lauana Nogueira, Ferreira dos Santos, Jair Licio, Stagnitti, Karen Ellen and Panuncio-Pinto, Maria Paula 2011, Play preference of children with ADHD and typically developing children in Brazil : a pilot study, Australian occupational therapy journal, vol. 58, no. 6, pp. 419-428, doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1630.2011.00973.x.

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Title Play preference of children with ADHD and typically developing children in Brazil : a pilot study
Author(s) Pfeifer, Luzia Iara
Terra, Lauana Nogueira
Ferreira dos Santos, Jair Licio
Stagnitti, Karen EllenORCID iD for Stagnitti, Karen Ellen
Panuncio-Pinto, Maria Paula
Journal name Australian occupational therapy journal
Volume number 58
Issue number 6
Start page 419
End page 428
Total pages 10
Publisher Wiley - Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Richmond, Vic.
Publication date 2011-12
ISSN 0045-0766
Keyword(s) children
Summary Background/aim: Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have been reported to have play deficits, which can cause problems in occupational development. The aim of this paper was to report research findings on children with ADHD and typically developing children in relation to preference of play partners, play places, toys and type of play.

Methods: Thirty-two school aged children from lowsocioeconomic status were divided into two groups. One group of 16 children with ADHD were matched with 16 typically developing children.

Results and conclusion: There were no significant differences between the two groups in relation to play partners, with classmates being the most frequent play partner for both groups. There were significant differences between the two groups in preferred place to play. Children with ADHD preferred to play in school and typically developing children preferred to play on the street. There were significant differences in relation to toys and type of play engaged in with children with ADHD preferring educational materials and typically developing children preferring electronic games. These findings add to knowledge of Brazilian children with ADHD and their play preferences. Comparisons are made with research with Australian children with and without ADHD.
Notes Article first published online 23th November 2011
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1630.2011.00973.x
Field of Research 111403 Paediatrics
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, The Authors
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