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Language impairments in children with ADHD and in children with reading disorder
Helse Fonna HF, Div Psychiat, Sect Mental Hlth Res, Haugesund, Norway, Statped Vest, Norwegian Support Syst Special Educ, Bergen, Norway.
Haukeland Hosp, Bergen, Norway, RKBU, Bergen, Norway.
Universitetet i Bergen, Norge.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Psychology. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, The Swedish Institute for Disability Research. (Utvecklingspsykologi och IHV)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5025-9975
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2016 (English)In: Journal of Attention Disorders, ISSN 1087-0547, E-ISSN 1557-1246, Vol. 20, no 7, 581-589 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: To investigate language impairments (LI) in a non –clinical sample of children with symptoms of AD/HD,  RD,   AD/HD + RD and controls, and to explore whether these groups could be differentiated from each other regarding different aspects of language.

Method: Out of a population-based sample  of 5672 children aged 7-9, four groups were derived.

Results: LI was identified in the vast majority of the AD/HD+RD group and in more than 40 % of both the AD/HD group and the RD group.

Conclusions: More phonological and expressive language problems were seen in RD compared to AD/HD, while receptive language problems were more prominent in AD/HD. As to pragmatics, more problems were identified in AD/HD, but the difference did not reach significance. These results support findings from clinical samples pointing to a considerable rate of LI both in children with symptoms of AD/HD and in children with symptoms of RD.

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Sage Publications, 2016. Vol. 20, no 7, 581-589 p.
Keyword [en]
ADHD, Comorbidity, Epidemiology
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Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology) Psychiatry
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-80613DOI: 10.1177/1087054712461530ISI: 000378748100003OAI: diva2:547390

Funding agencies;The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research and/or authorship of this article: The present study was supported by the Norwegian Research Network on ADHD, the Helse Fonna HF, the Statped Vest, the University of Bergen, the Norwegian Directorate for Health and Social Affairs, the Norwegian Research Council, and the Western Norway Regional Health Authority.

Available from: 2012-08-27 Created: 2012-08-27 Last updated: 2016-08-01

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