This research was funded by Grant MH47386 from the National Institute of Mental Health and Grant DA005312 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Developmental Changes in Attention and Comprehension Among Children With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Article first published online: 12 NOV 2009
© 2009, Copyright the Author(s). Journal Compilation © 2009, Society for Research in Child Development, Inc.
Volume 80, Issue 6, pages 1842–1855, November/December 2009
How to Cite
Bailey, U. L., Lorch, E. P., Milich, R. and Charnigo, R. (2009), Developmental Changes in Attention and Comprehension Among Children With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Child Development, 80: 1842–1855. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2009.01371.x
- Issue published online: 12 NOV 2009
- Article first published online: 12 NOV 2009
Changes in visual attention and story comprehension for children (N = 132) with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and comparison peers were examined. Between the ages of 7 and 9 (Phase 1) and approximately 21 months later (Phase 2), children viewed 2 televised stories: 1 in the presence of toys and 1 in their absence. Both groups of children showed developmental increases in visual attention and stable group differences over time. Deficits in comprehension among children with ADHD, however, increased over time. Whereas comparison children’s recall of factual and causal information increased over time in both viewing conditions, children with ADHD showed no developmental improvement in recall of factual information in the toys-present condition and no improvement in recall of causal relations in either viewing condition.