Interval length and time use by children with AD/HD: a comparison of four psychological models

Sonuga-Barke, Edmund J.S. (2002) Interval length and time use by children with AD/HD: a comparison of four psychological models. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 30, (3), 257-264. (doi:10.1023/A:1015154829796).


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Predictions made by 4 competing models of time use by children with AD/HD were tested using a computerized version of the Matching Familiar Figures Test in 2 studies. In Study 1 teacher-identified AD/HD children (N = 10) and non-AD/HD controls (N = 10) completed the task under 3 different trial duration conditions (5, 10, and 15 s). In Study 2 the same task was completed by a group of children with a diagnosis of Hyperkinetic Disorder (N = 12) and controls (N = 12). In both studies AD/HD children performed poorly on trials of both 5- and 15-s duration but as well as controls on the 10-s trials. This quadratic function provided support for the State Regulation Deficit model of time use in AD/HD. The value of tailoring the temporal features of learning contexts to the conceptual style of AD/HD children is discussed.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1023/A:1015154829796
ISSNs: 0091-0627 (print)
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Keywords: interval length, ad/hd, task, models
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Psychology > Division of Clinical Neuroscience
ePrint ID: 18278
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Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:34

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