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Performance of Children with ADHD on the Rey-Osterrieth Complex Figure: A Pilot Neuropsychological Study


  • Larry J. Seidman,

  • Kenneth B. Benedict,

  • Joseph Biederman,

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  • Jane H. Bernstein,

  • Kari Seiverd,

  • Sharon Milberger,

  • Dennis Norman,

  • Eric Mick,

  • Stephen V. Faraone

Requests for reprints to: Joseph Biederman, Pediatric Psychopharmacology Unit (ACC 725), Massachusetts General Hospital, Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114.


Abstract This study evaluates the performance of boys with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) on the Rey-Osterrieth Complex Figure (ROCF) taking into consideration familiality and comorbid psychiatric and learning disorders (LD). Sixty-five children with ADHD performed at developmentally lower levels of Copy Organization and Recall Style than did 45 controls. ADHD children with LD scored significantly lower on Copy Organization than did ADHD children without LD, whereas psychiatric comorbidity and familiality had no effect. These results suggest that a developmental analysis of the ROCF identifies organizational difficulties associated with ADHD and that these impairments cannot simply be attributed to comorbidities associated with ADHD.