The adolescent outcome of hyperactive girls:self-reported interpersonal relationships and coping mechanisms

Young, Susan, Chadwick, Oliver, Heptinstall, Ellen, Taylor, Eric and Sonuga-Barke, Edmund.J.S. (2005) The adolescent outcome of hyperactive girls:self-reported interpersonal relationships and coping mechanisms. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 14, (5), 245-253. (doi:10.1007/s00787-005-0461-z).


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The aim of the study was to clarify the developmental risk for interpersonal relationship problems and ineffective coping strategies associated with hyperactive behaviour in girls in a longitudinal epidemiological design. This was investigated in a follow-up study of girls who were identified by parent and teacher ratings in a large community survey of 6- and 7-year-olds as showing pervasive hyperactivity or conduct problems or the comorbid mixture of both problems or neither problem. They were later investigated, at the age of 14–16 years, in a detailed interview. Childhood hyperactivity was a risk for disrupted relationships in adolescence with peers and the opposite sex, but not parents. Findings were independent of the existence of conduct problems. Hyperactivity was a risk for the use of a wide variety of ineffective coping strategies. On the other hand, conduct problem girls reported applying specific coping strategies, but rated these to be ineffective. It is concluded that early therapeutic interventions targeting the development of social skills and problem-solving skills are required in order to help overcome these problems in later life.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1007/s00787-005-0461-z
ISSNs: 1018-8827 (print)
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Keywords: hyperactivity - conduct problems - coping - interpersonal relationships
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Psychology > Division of Clinical Neuroscience
ePrint ID: 54619
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
August 2005Published
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:33

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