Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 79–88

Allergic disorders and attention deficit disorder in children

  • Rob McGee
  • Warren R. Stanton
  • Malcolm R. Sears

DOI: 10.1007/BF00910490

Cite this article as:
McGee, R., Stanton, W.R. & Sears, M.R. J Abnorm Child Psychol (1993) 21: 79. doi:10.1007/BF00910490


It has been suggested that children with attention deficit disorder-hyperactivity (ADDH) are likely to show allergic disorders, and that both ADDH and allergic disorders may share a common biological background. In a large sample of children from the general population we found no association between parent, teacher, and self-reports of ADDH behaviors and a history of allergic disorders (asthma, eczema, rhinitis, and urticaria) at ages 9 or 13 years. Similarly, reports of ADDH behaviors at age 13 years were not related to level of atopic responsiveness by skin test or serum IgE levels. Our findings call into question the hypothesis that there is a relationship between ADDH and allergic disorder.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rob McGee
    • 1
  • Warren R. Stanton
    • 2
  • Malcolm R. Sears
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Medical SchoolUniversity of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand
  2. 2.Centre for Cancer Control, Medical SchoolUniversity of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  3. 3.Firestone Regional Chest and Allergy Unit, St. Joseph's HospitalMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada

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