Women with childhood ADHD: Comparisons by diagnostic group and gender

Dara E. Babinski, William E. Pelham, Brooke S.G. Molina, Daniel A. Waschbusch, Elizabeth M. Gnagy, Jihnhee Yu, Margaret H. Sibley, Aparajita Biswas

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This study compared adult women with childhood ADHD to adult women without childhood ADHD and to adult men with childhood ADHD. The participants, all from a larger longitudinal study, included 30 women and 30 men (approximately age 23 to 24) with childhood ADHD, and 27 women without ADHD.Women with childhood ADHD were matched to comparison women on age, ethnicity, and parental education, and to men with childhood ADHD on age, ethnicity, and IQ. Self-and parent-reports of internalizing, interpersonal, academic, and job impairment, as well as substance use and delinquency indicated group differences on measures of self-esteem, interpersonal and vocational functioning, as well as substance use. Follow-up planned comparison tests revealed that almost all of these differences emerged by diagnostic status, and not by gender. This study adds to research on the negative adult outcomes of ADHD and demonstrates that the outcomes of men and women with childhood ADHD are relatively similar.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)420-429
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology


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