European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

, Volume 15, Supplement 1, pp i15–i24

Influence of gender on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Europe – ADORE

  • Torunn Stene Nøvik
  • Amaia Hervas
  • Stephen J. Ralston**
  • Søren Dalsgaard
  • Rob Rodrigues Pereira
  • Maria J. Lorenzo
  • ADORE Study Group*
Article

Abstract

Background

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in girls in Europe is poorly understood; it is not known whether they exhibit similar symptom patterns or co-existing problems and receive the same type of treatment as boys.

Objective

To examine gender differences for referral patterns, social demographic factors, ADHD core symptomatology, co-existing health problems, psychosocial functioning and treatment.

Methods

Baseline data from the ADHD Observational Research in Europe (ADORE) study, a 24-month, naturalistic, longitudinal observational study in 10 European countries of children (aged 6–18 years) with hyperactive/inattentive/impulsive symptoms but no previous diagnosis of ADHD, were analysed by gender.

Results

Data from 1,478 children were analysed: 231 girls (15.7 %) and 1,222 boys (84.3 %) (gender data missing for 25 patients). Gender ratios (girl:boy) varied by country, ranging from 1:3 to 1:16. Comparisons showed few gender effects in core ADHD symptomatology and clinical correlates of ADHD. Compared with boys, girls had significantly more parent-rated emotional symptoms and prosocial behaviour and were more likely to be the victim of bullying and less likely to be the bully. Girls and boys had similar levels of co-existing psychiatric and physical health problems, and received the same type of treatment.

Conclusions

Fewer girls than boys are referred for ADHD treatment, but they have a similar pattern of impairment and receive similar treatment.

Key words

ADHD girls gender differences Europe 

Abbreviations

ADHD

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

ADORE

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity Disorder Observational Research in Europe

ADHD-RS-IV

ADHD Rating Scale-IV

CD

Conduct Disorder

CHIP-CE

Child Health and Illness Profile – Child Edition

CGAS

Children's Global Assessment Scale

CGI-S

Clinical Global Impression – Severity scale

HRQoL

Health-Related Quality of Life

MTA

Multimodal treatment study of children with ADHD

ODD

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

SDQ

Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Torunn Stene Nøvik
    • 1
  • Amaia Hervas
    • 2
  • Stephen J. Ralston**
  • Søren Dalsgaard
    • 3
  • Rob Rodrigues Pereira
    • 4
  • Maria J. Lorenzo
    • 5
  • ADORE Study Group*
  1. 1.Dept. of Child and Adolescent PsychiatryBuskerud HospitalDrammenNorway
  2. 2.Dept. of Child and Adolescent Mental HealthMutua de Terrassa HospitalBarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.Dept. of Child and Adolescent PsychiatryAarhus University HospitalAarhusDenmark
  4. 4.Medical Centre Rijnmond South, Dept. of PaediatricsRotterdamThe Netherlands
  5. 5.Eli Lilly and Company, Lilly Research CentreWindlesham, SurreyUK

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