Dimensions and correlates of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and sluggish cognitive tempo

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Abstract

  • The present study examined Sluggish Cognitive Tempo (SCT) in relation to ADHD symptoms, clinical diagnosis, and multiple aspects of adjustment in a clinical sample. Parent and teacher reports were gathered for 322 children and adolescents evaluated for behavioral, emotional, and/or learning problems at a university clinic. Confirmatory factor analyses (CFA) supported the presence of three separate, but correlated factors (SCT, inattention, and hyperactivity/impulsivity) in both parent and teacher ratings. As expected, SCT symptoms were greatest in youth with ADHD Inattentive type, but were also found in non-ADHD clinical groups. SCT symptoms were related to inattention, internalizing, and social problems across both parent and teacher informants; for parent reports, SCT was also related to more externalizing problems. Findings support the statistical validity of the SCT construct, but its clinical utility is still unclear. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
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  • Garner AA; Marceaux JC; Mrug S; Patterson C; Hodgens B
  • Start Page

  • 1097
  • End Page

  • 1107
  • Volume

  • 38
  • Issue

  • 8