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Psychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2000 Apr;54(2):139-46.

Adolescent hyperactivity and general psychopathology.

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  • 1Department of Child Psychiatry, Chang Gang Children Hospital, Tao-Yuan, Taiwan, ROC.


The aim of this study was to explore the relationship between activity and psychopathology in adolescents. A total of 289 high school students completed the Symptom Check List-90-R (SCL-90-R) and Wender Utah Rating Scale (WURS) in December 1998. The WURS was used to measure the students' activity level and the SCL-90-R was used as a measure of general psychopathology. Forty-one students (14.18%) scored higher than 46, the cut-off point for differentiation of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) from the general population according to Ward's report, in the WURS (WURS(+)). The WURS(+) students scored significantly higher than the WURS(-) students in all the subscales of SCL-90-R. The prevalence rate of adolescent WURS(+) in this study is 14.18%. This result shows that ADHD adolescents have overlapping symptoms with depression.

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