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The behavioural profile of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and of their siblings


Steinhausen, Hans-Christoph; Zülli-Weilenmann, Nicole; Brandeis, Daniel; Müller, Ueli C; Valko, Lilian; Drechsler, Renate (2012). The behavioural profile of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and of their siblings. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 21(3):157-164.

Abstract

The behavioural profiles in N = 69 index children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), N = 32 siblings with ADHD, N = 35 siblings without ADHD, and N = 36 normal controls were compared by the use of standardized parent and teacher rating scales. The four groups were matched by age and IQ. The behavioural profiles of the two ADHD groups were very similar not only in the behavioural domains of ADHD, but also in scales measuring emotional and conduct problems. Siblings without ADHD shared more similarities with normal controls except for more emotional problems. These general trends were stronger in the parent compared to the teacher ratings. These findings indicate that not only ADHD-related but also other behaviours show a strong family aggregation. The informant differences may reflect context dependent differences in child behaviour and contrast effects particularly in parental ratings.

The behavioural profiles in N = 69 index children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), N = 32 siblings with ADHD, N = 35 siblings without ADHD, and N = 36 normal controls were compared by the use of standardized parent and teacher rating scales. The four groups were matched by age and IQ. The behavioural profiles of the two ADHD groups were very similar not only in the behavioural domains of ADHD, but also in scales measuring emotional and conduct problems. Siblings without ADHD shared more similarities with normal controls except for more emotional problems. These general trends were stronger in the parent compared to the teacher ratings. These findings indicate that not only ADHD-related but also other behaviours show a strong family aggregation. The informant differences may reflect context dependent differences in child behaviour and contrast effects particularly in parental ratings.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Center for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2 February 2012
Deposited On:03 Apr 2012 07:08
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:36
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:1018-8827
Additional Information:The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Publisher DOI:10.1007/s00787-012-0249-x
PubMed ID:22297660
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-59030

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