Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 89–100

Peer relationships in ADDH and normal children: A developmental analysis of peer and teacher ratings


  • Charlotte Johnston
    • Department of PsychologyFlorida State University
  • William E. Pelham
    • Department of PsychologyFlorida State University
  • H. Allen Murphy
    • Department of PsychologyFlorida State University

DOI: 10.1007/BF00918374

Cite this article as:
Johnston, C., Pelham, W.E. & Murphy, H.A. J Abnorm Child Psychol (1985) 13: 89. doi:10.1007/BF00918374


Peer and teacher perceptions of younger and older ADDH and normal children were compared. Peer nominations on the Pupil Evaluation Inventory revealed that ADDH children received more nominations on the Aggression factor and fewer on the Likability factor. ADDH boys received more nominations on the Withdrawal factor. Generally, older children received fewer nominations, but age did not interact with diagnosis; that is, younger and older ADDH children were perceived by peers as equally deviant. Discriminant analyses showed that peer ratings were useful in discriminating between ADDH and normal boys, but not between ADDH and normal girls. Teacher ratings of peer behavior suggested that older ADDH girls were perceived as less disturbed than younger girls. However, teacher ratings of boys revealed no age by diagnosis interactions. Low to moderate correlations were found between peer and teacher ratings of ADDH boys, and the pattern of relationship varied with age.

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