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J Atten Disord. 2011 Oct;15(7):583-92. doi: 10.1177/1087054710370567. Epub 2010 Aug 4.

Self-Regulation of Emotion, Functional Impairment, and Comorbidity Among ChildrenWith AD/HD.

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University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA. ada@uncg.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study investigated the role of self-regulation of emotion in relation to functional impairment and comorbidity among children with and without AD/HD.

METHOD:

A total of 358 probands and their siblings participated in the study, with 74% of the sample participants affected by AD/HD. Parent-rated levels of emotional lability served as a marker for self-regulation of emotion.

RESULTS:

Nearly half of the children affected by AD/HD displayed significantly elevated levels of emotional lability versus 15% of those without this disorder. Children with AD/HD also displayed significantly higher rates of functional impairment, comorbidity, and treatment service utilization. Emotional lability partially mediated the association between AD/HD status and these outcomes.

CONCLUSION:

Findings lent support to the notion that deficits in the self-regulation of emotion are evident in a substantial number of children with AD/HD and that these deficits play an important role in determining functional impairment and comorbidity outcomes.

PMID:
20686097
PMCID:
PMC3355528
DOI:
10.1177/1087054710370567
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