Late Adolescent and Young Adult Outcomes of Girls Diagnosed With ADHD in Childhood: An Exploratory Investigation

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Journal of Attention Disorders (Impact Factor: 2.4). 04/2011; 15(3):204-14. DOI: 10.1177/1087054710361586
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ABSTRACT To characterize the late adolescent and young adult outcomes of girls diagnosed with ADHD in childhood.
The study included 58 women from a larger longitudinal study of ADHD. A total of 34 (M = 19.97 years old) met DSM criteria for ADHD in childhood, whereas the remaining 24 (M = 19.83 years old) did not. Self- and parent-reports of psychopathology, delinquency, interpersonal relationships, academic achievement, job performance, and substance use were collected.
The findings suggest that girls with ADHD experience difficulties in late adolescence and young adulthood, such as more conflict with their mothers, being involved in fewer romantic relationships, and experiencing more depressive symptoms than comparison women. However, differences did not emerge in all domains, such as job performance, substance use, and self-reported ADHD symptomatology.
The findings of this study add to the literature on the negative late adolescent and young adult outcomes associated with childhood ADHD in women.

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