We would like to thank Dianne Morrison for her invaluable help in tracking the families and interviewing the parents. We are grateful to all the parents, children and teachers who gave their time so willingly to participate.
Neuropsychological functioning in children with ADHD: Symptom persistence is linked to poorer performance on measures of executive and nonexecutive function†
Article first published online: 25 FEB 2013
© Japanese Psychological Association 2013
Japanese Psychological Research
Special Issue: Cognitive science approach to developmental disorders. Editor: Harumitsu Murohashi
Volume 55, Issue 2, pages 154–167, April 2013
How to Cite
Robinson, T. and Tripp, G. (2013), Neuropsychological functioning in children with ADHD: Symptom persistence is linked to poorer performance on measures of executive and nonexecutive function. Japanese Psychological Research, 55: 154–167. doi: 10.1111/jpr.12005
This research was funded by the New Zealand Neurological Foundation. Thomas Robinson was in receipt of a University of Otago Postgraduate Scholarship.
- Issue published online: 8 APR 2013
- Article first published online: 25 FEB 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 3 NOV 2012
- Manuscript Received: 17 MAY 2012
- New Zealand Neurological Foundation
- executive function;
The present study compared the current intellectual and neuropsychological functioning of 55 children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD group) 4 years earlier with that of an age- and sex-matched control sample. The children in the ADHD group performed less well than the control group on measures of intellectual function, design fluency, spatial organization, and visual memory. Those children who continued to meet DSM-IV criteria for ADHD (persistent ADHD, n = 32) evidenced greater impairment than those showing some symptom remission (ADHD in partial remission, n = 23). These data confirm the presence of neuropsychological deficits in late childhood/early adolescence among those previously diagnosed with ADHD. The data also suggest that greater cognitive impairment is a feature of persistent ADHD.