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Neuropsychological abilities of preschool-aged children who display hyperactivity and/or oppositional-defiant behavior problems.
Child Neuropsychol. 2007 Sep; 13(5):422-43.CN

Abstract

This study focused on gaining a better understanding of the neuropsychological abilities of preschool-aged children who show elevated levels of hyperactivity and oppositional-defiance. It examined the performance of children aged 48 to 67 months on tests of attention/executive function, language, memory, and sensorimotor abilities, as measured by the NEPSY and Conners' K-CPT. Two hundred thirty-seven children were divided into four subgroups based on mothers' report of behavior using rating scales and a diagnostic interview: hyperactive only (HYP), oppositional-defiant only (OD), hyperactive and oppositional-defiant (HYP/OD), and nonproblem. Children in the HYP/OD group scored significantly worse than nonproblem children on four of nine subtests on the NEPSY, including one test of executive function, one test of language comprehension, and both tests of short-term verbal memory. However, only the test of executive function (Statue) showed significant predictive power, and, while specificity of this subtest was good, sensitivity was poor. On the K-CPT, a continuous performance test, children in both the HYP and HYP/OD groups performed worse than children in the OD and nonproblem groups. When the NEPSY Statue subtest and the K-CPT were used together, overall predictive power was .74. Results suggest that neuropsychological deficits can be observed among preschool children with hyperactivity, particularly when comorbid oppositional-defiance is present; however, moderate predictive power suggests that these tests should be used in conjunction with other methods of assessment.

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School of Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003, USA.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Evaluation Study
Journal Article
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17805995

Citation

Youngwirth, Sara D., et al. "Neuropsychological Abilities of Preschool-aged Children Who Display Hyperactivity And/or Oppositional-defiant Behavior Problems." Child Neuropsychology : a Journal On Normal and Abnormal Development in Childhood and Adolescence, vol. 13, no. 5, 2007, pp. 422-43.
Youngwirth SD, Harvey EA, Gates EC, et al. Neuropsychological abilities of preschool-aged children who display hyperactivity and/or oppositional-defiant behavior problems. Child Neuropsychol. 2007;13(5):422-43.
Youngwirth, S. D., Harvey, E. A., Gates, E. C., Hashim, R. L., & Friedman-Weieneth, J. L. (2007). Neuropsychological abilities of preschool-aged children who display hyperactivity and/or oppositional-defiant behavior problems. Child Neuropsychology : a Journal On Normal and Abnormal Development in Childhood and Adolescence, 13(5), 422-43.
Youngwirth SD, et al. Neuropsychological Abilities of Preschool-aged Children Who Display Hyperactivity And/or Oppositional-defiant Behavior Problems. Child Neuropsychol. 2007;13(5):422-43. PubMed PMID: 17805995.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Neuropsychological abilities of preschool-aged children who display hyperactivity and/or oppositional-defiant behavior problems. AU - Youngwirth,Sara D, AU - Harvey,Elizabeth A, AU - Gates,Elizabeth C, AU - Hashim,Rebecca L, AU - Friedman-Weieneth,Julie L, PY - 2007/9/7/pubmed PY - 2007/12/12/medline PY - 2007/9/7/entrez SP - 422 EP - 43 JF - Child neuropsychology : a journal on normal and abnormal development in childhood and adolescence JO - Child Neuropsychol VL - 13 IS - 5 N2 - This study focused on gaining a better understanding of the neuropsychological abilities of preschool-aged children who show elevated levels of hyperactivity and oppositional-defiance. It examined the performance of children aged 48 to 67 months on tests of attention/executive function, language, memory, and sensorimotor abilities, as measured by the NEPSY and Conners' K-CPT. Two hundred thirty-seven children were divided into four subgroups based on mothers' report of behavior using rating scales and a diagnostic interview: hyperactive only (HYP), oppositional-defiant only (OD), hyperactive and oppositional-defiant (HYP/OD), and nonproblem. Children in the HYP/OD group scored significantly worse than nonproblem children on four of nine subtests on the NEPSY, including one test of executive function, one test of language comprehension, and both tests of short-term verbal memory. However, only the test of executive function (Statue) showed significant predictive power, and, while specificity of this subtest was good, sensitivity was poor. On the K-CPT, a continuous performance test, children in both the HYP and HYP/OD groups performed worse than children in the OD and nonproblem groups. When the NEPSY Statue subtest and the K-CPT were used together, overall predictive power was .74. Results suggest that neuropsychological deficits can be observed among preschool children with hyperactivity, particularly when comorbid oppositional-defiance is present; however, moderate predictive power suggests that these tests should be used in conjunction with other methods of assessment. SN - 0929-7049 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17805995/Neuropsychological_abilities_of_preschool_aged_children_who_display_hyperactivity_and/or_oppositional_defiant_behavior_problems_ L2 - https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13825580601025890 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -