Parent- and teacher-reported symptoms of ADHD in school-aged children with active epilepsy: A population-based study

Reilly, C., Atkinson, P., Das, K. B., Chin, R. F. M., Aylett, S. E., Burch, V., Gillberg, C. , Scott, R. C. and Neville, B. G. R. (2017) Parent- and teacher-reported symptoms of ADHD in school-aged children with active epilepsy: A population-based study. Journal of Attention Disorders, 21(11), pp. 887-897. (doi: 10.1177/1087054714558117) (PMID:25416464)

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Abstract

Objective: Provide data on the distribution of parent- and teacher-reported symptoms of ADHD in childhood epilepsy and describe coexisting cognitive and behavioral disorders in children with both epilepsy and ADHD. Method: Eighty-five (74% of those eligible) children (5-15 years) in a population-based sample with active epilepsy underwent psychological assessment. The ADHD Rating Scale–IV (ADHD-RS-IV) scale was completed by parents (n = 69) and teachers (n = 67) of participating children with an IQ > 34. ADHD was diagnosed with respect to Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th ed., text rev.). Results: Parents reported significantly more symptoms of ADHD than teachers (p < .001). Symptoms of inattention were more commonly reported than symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity (p < .001). Neurobehavioral comorbidity was similar in those with ADHD and non-ADHD with the exception of oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and developmental coordination disorder (DCD), which were more common in those with both epilepsy and ADHD. Conclusion: Symptoms of ADHD are very common in childhood epilepsy but prevalence is influenced by informant.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The study was funded by the Esmee Fairburn foundation and an anonymous donor to Young Epilepsy.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gillberg, Professor Christopher
Authors: Reilly, C., Atkinson, P., Das, K. B., Chin, R. F. M., Aylett, S. E., Burch, V., Gillberg, C., Scott, R. C., and Neville, B. G. R.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Journal of Attention Disorders
Publisher:SAGE
ISSN:1087-0547
ISSN (Online):1557-1246
Published Online:21 November 2014

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