Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 271–286

The self-perceptions and attributions of attention deficit hyperactivity disordered and nonreferred boys

Authors

  • Betsy Hoza
    • Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
  • William E. Pelham
    • Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
  • Richard Milich
    • University of Kentucky
  • David Pillow
    • Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
  • Katrina McBride
    • University of Kentucky
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF00917535

Cite this article as:
Hoza, B., Pelham, W.E., Milich, R. et al. J Abnorm Child Psychol (1993) 21: 271. doi:10.1007/BF00917535

Abstract

Compared the self perceptions and attributions of attention deficit hyperactivity disordered (ADHD) and control boys. The ADHD boys viewed themselves as no worse than control boys on self-perceived competence and global selfworth, especially when internalizing symptomatology was taken into account statistically through covariance analyses. In terms of attributions, the ADHD boys were more likely to take responsibility for social successes and less likely to take responsibility for social failures than the control boys. Although the ADHD boys scored significantly higher on the Children's Depression Inventory, this difference was no longer significant when items dealing with behavior, school, and social problems were excluded. The results are discussed in terms of their implications for understanding how the attributions and selfperceptions of ADHD boys may mediate their performance in challenging academic and social situations.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1993