Journal article

Physical Functioning, Emotional, and Behavioral Problems in Children With ADHD and Comorbid ASD: A Cross-Sectional Study

Simone Thomas, Emma Sciberras, Kate Lycett, Nicole Papadopoulos, Nicole Rinehart



OBJECTIVE: To examine (a) physical and daily functioning in children with ADHD and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) compared with ADHD alone and (b) whether decreased physical quality of life (QoL) is associated with increased emotional and behavioral problems in children with ADHD-ASD. METHOD: Cross-sectional study comprising 392 children with confirmed ADHD (ADHD-ASD, n = 93; ADHD alone, n = 299) recruited from 21 pediatric practices in Victoria, Australia. Data were collected via parent and teacher surveys. Key measures included the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) and Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL). RESULTS: Children with ADHD-ASD had poorer QoL across both psyc..

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

Awarded by NHMRC Early Career Fellowships in Population Health

Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This project is funded by a Project Grant from the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC; 607362) and Community Child Health at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI). Dr. Sciberras is funded by NHMRC Early Career Fellowships in Population Health (1037159). Ms. Lycett is funded by an MCRI Postgraduate Health Scholarship. MCRI is supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program. Miss Thomas is funded by the Rotary Club of Illawarra Sunrise PhD scholarship investigating Autism.