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Precursors of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in preterm children at preschool age
Journal Title: RICERCHE DI PSICOLOGIA  
Author/s: Giovanna Perricone, M. Regina Morales, Concetta Polizzi 
Year:  2011 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  19 Pg. 433-451 FullText PDF:  240 KB
DOI:  10.3280/RIP2011-003006
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The aim of the present study was to investigate in moderately preterm children of preschool age, the presence of precursors of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The study involved a group of 50 children (age M = 5 years and 2 months, sd = 4 months) moderately preterm (Gestational Age M = 34 weeks, sd = 2 weeks) without neonatal medic complications (without need for neonatal intensive care and without dysmaturity or congenital malformations) and low birth weight (birth weigh M = 2100 g., sd = 350 g.) and 50 children born to term without neonatal medic complications (Gestational Age M = 40 weeks). Specific Italian questionnaires (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Early Detection for Teachers - IPDDAI; Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Early Detection for Parents- IPDDAG) about inattention and hyperactivity have been administered to teachers and parents of child involved in the research. The results show that the moderately preterm children preschool-aged, identified by the study, compared with full-term children, are characterized by a risk profile of precursors of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Keywords: Precursors of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD, moderately preterm birth, preschool age.

Giovanna Perricone, M. Regina Morales, Concetta Polizzi, Precursors of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in preterm children at preschool age in "RICERCHE DI PSICOLOGIA " 3/2011, pp. 433-451, DOI:10.3280/RIP2011-003006

   

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