Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 38, Issue 8, pp 1097–1107

Dimensions and Correlates of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Sluggish Cognitive Tempo

Authors

    • Department of PsychologyUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham
    • UAB Department of Psychology
  • Janice C. Marceaux
    • Department of PsychologyUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Sylvie Mrug
    • Department of PsychologyUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Cryshelle Patterson
    • Civitan International Research Center Sparks ClinicsUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Bart Hodgens
    • Department of PsychologyUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham
    • Civitan International Research Center Sparks ClinicsUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10802-010-9436-8

Cite this article as:
Garner, A.A., Marceaux, J.C., Mrug, S. et al. J Abnorm Child Psychol (2010) 38: 1097. doi:10.1007/s10802-010-9436-8

Abstract

The present study examined Sluggish Cognitive Tempo (SCT) in relation to ADHD symptoms, clinical diagnosis, and multiple aspects of adjustment in a clinical sample. Parent and teacher reports were gathered for 322 children and adolescents evaluated for behavioral, emotional, and/or learning problems at a university clinic. Confirmatory factor analyses (CFA) supported the presence of three separate, but correlated factors (SCT, inattention, and hyperactivity/impulsivity) in both parent and teacher ratings. As expected, SCT symptoms were greatest in youth with ADHD Inattentive type, but were also found in non-ADHD clinical groups. SCT symptoms were related to inattention, internalizing, and social problems across both parent and teacher informants; for parent reports, SCT was also related to more externalizing problems. Findings support the statistical validity of the SCT construct, but its clinical utility is still unclear.

Keywords

Sluggish cognitive tempoFactor analysisAttention deficit/hyperactivity disorderClinical population

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