Factors associated with accidental injuries in children with ADHD–combined type: More Than a Motor Problem?

Amanda Connolly, Joanne Fielding, Nicole Papadopoulos, Jennifer McGinley, Anna Murphy, Nicole J. Rinehart

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Abstract

Objective: We explored the relationship between accidental injuries, motor impairment, and co-occurring autism spectrum disorder (ASD) symptoms in children with ADHD–combined type (ADHD-CT). Method: Participants were 32 male children diagnosed with ADHD-CT and 23 typically developing male children (7-12 years, full scale IQ [FSIQ] > 80). Parents completed a customized questionnaire on the occurrence of accidental injuries (e.g., bruises, cuts) their child experienced in the past 12 months. Motor proficiency was assessed using the Movement ABC–2 (MABC-2). Parents rated motor, ADHD-CT, ASD, and anxiety symptoms. Results: Children with ADHD-CT had significantly increased parent-reported accidental injuries compared with typically developing children. Among children with ADHD-CT, Spearman’s rho rank correlations revealed no association between increased accidental injuries and MABC-2 score, but significant associations with increased hyperactivity/impulsivity, ASD, and anxiety symptoms. Conclusion: Although these findings require validation, they suggest a need for further research investigating the contribution of co-occurring ASD and anxiety symptoms to accidental injuries in children with ADHD-CT.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Attention Disorders
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2017

Keywords

  • ADHD
  • injury
  • motor performance
  • autism spectrum disorders (ASD)

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Factors associated with accidental injuries in children with ADHD–combined type : More Than a Motor Problem? / Connolly, Amanda; Fielding, Joanne; Papadopoulos, Nicole; McGinley, Jennifer; Murphy, Anna; Rinehart, Nicole J.

In: Journal of Attention Disorders, 2017.

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