Journal article

Autism spectrum disorder symptoms in children with ADHD: A community-based study

Jessica Leigh Green, Nicole Rinehart, Vicki Anderson, Jan M Nicholson, Brad Jongeling, Emma Sciberras



This study examined the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) symptoms in a community-based sample of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and non-ADHD controls. We also examined the relationship between ASD symptoms and ADHD subtype, ADHD symptom severity and child gender. Participants were 6-10-year-old children (164 ADHD; 198 non-ADHD control) attending 43 schools in Melbourne, Australia, who were participating in the Children's Attention Project. ADHD was assessed in two stages using the parent and teacher Conners' 3 ADHD index and the Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children IV (DISC-IV). ASD symptoms were identified using the Social Communication Quest..

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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Awarded by NHMRC Early Career Fellowship in Population Health

Awarded by NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest. This study is funded by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC; project grant no. 1008522) and the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. Ms. Green's research work is funded by Monash University Australian Postgraduate Scholarship (APA; 2012-2015) and a MCRI Professor David Danks Top Up Scholarship (2013-2015). Dr Sciberras' position is funded by an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship in Population Health 1037159 (2012-2015). Professor Anderson is funded by an NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship 607333 (2010-2014). Professor Nicholson is funded by the Roberta Holmes Chair for the Transition to Contemporary Parenthood Program. This research was supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program to the MCRI.