Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 311-324

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The hyperactive child at adolescence: Cognitive, emotional, and social functioning

  • Elizabeth HoyAffiliated withThe Montreal Children's Hospital
  • , Gabrielle WeissAffiliated withThe Montreal Children's Hospital
  • , Klaus MindeAffiliated withThe Montreal Children's Hospital
  • , Nancy CohenAffiliated withThe Montreal Children's Hospital

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In view of the paucity of detailed followup studies on hyperactive children, the performance of 15 adolescents diagnosed hyperactive 5 years previously was compared to that of a control group of equivalent age, sex, intelligence, and social class. Eleven cognitive tests measuring sustained attention, visual-motor and motor skills, abstraction, and reading ability, as well as three self-assessment tests examining selfesteem, activity level, social functioning, academic status, and career aspirations were administered. The hyperactives performed significantly worse than the controls on the sustained attention, visualmotor, and motor tasks, and on two of the four reading tests. They also gave themselves significantly lower ratings on some of the selfesteem and sociability items. It would appear that the hyperactives at adolescence still have attentional and stimulus-processing difficulties, which affect not only their academic performance but also their social functioning.