Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 38, Issue 3, pp 291–301

A Developmental Examination of Story Recall and Coherence Among Children with ADHD

  • Elizabeth P. Lorch
  • Richard Milich
  • Rebecca A. Flake
  • Joanna Ohlendorf
  • Summer Little
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10802-009-9377-2

Cite this article as:
Lorch, E.P., Milich, R., Flake, R.A. et al. J Abnorm Child Psychol (2010) 38: 291. doi:10.1007/s10802-009-9377-2

Abstract

This study investigated developmental differences in story recall in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), N = 57 (77.2% male) and their comparison peers, N = 98 (61.2% male). Children at the ages of 4–6 or 7–9 completed a free recall immediately after viewing each of two televised stories, once in the presence of toys during viewing and once in their absence. This procedure was repeated with new stories 21 months later. Comparison children recalled more story events and showed a greater sensitivity to the thematic importance of the story events than did children with ADHD, a pattern that remained stable over time. Older comparison children showed a dramatic increase over time in the global coherence of their narrations, whereas the older children with ADHD showed limited improvement over time. The implications of these findings for academic performance and the possible need for remediation are discussed.

Keywords

ADHD Longitudinal Story recall Story coherence 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Elizabeth P. Lorch
    • 1
  • Richard Milich
    • 1
  • Rebecca A. Flake
    • 1
  • Joanna Ohlendorf
    • 1
  • Summer Little
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA