Peer Rejection And Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorders

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The researchers in the scientific article, Peer Rejection and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Symptoms: Reciprocal Relations Through Ages 4, 6, and 8, investigated to what degree social experiences in early childhood and the development of ADHD are bidirectional. This possible link is extremely important to understand because of the powerful implications that low social competence has on the quality of social interactions and overall social development, including implications such as having fewer friends compared to their peers. The researchers hypothesized the relationship between ADHD and peer rejection are reciprocal such that with the symptoms of ADHD indicate increased peer rejection and vice versa.
This study was a cohort longitudinal study that spanned over 4-years. The study recruited and then tested 995 Norwegian speaking children, separating testing into 3-time points at ages 4-,6-, and 8-years old. At the start of the study, a little over half were male with a median age of 4.55-years-old. The majority of the subjects were mainly Caucasian and/or of European decent. Peer rejection was measured by a three-point system that stemmed from the Teacher Report Form (TRF), an assessment that asked teachers to rate the child’s likeability,
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This should be very frightening for parents and teachers. These two systems should become more conscious of the different types and quality of relationships being developed. Parents and teachers may even want to become more involved with play with these young children to help prevent negative peer relationships. Early interventions that create positive group activities that bring the children together should be implemented before and at the earliest signs of any amount of peer

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