Journal article

Characterisation of depressive symptoms in young children with and without attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Claire Ingrid Joseph, Subhadra Evans, George J Youssef, Tim Silk, Vicki Anderson, Daryl Efron, Emma Sciberras

EUROPEAN CHILD & ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY | SPRINGER | Published : 2019

Abstract

Depressive symptoms and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are prevalent and commonly co-occur in childhood. To assist with early identification of depression in children with ADHD, we aimed to: (1) use factor analysis to determine whether the construct of depression is measured consistently in those with and without ADHD; and (2) determine whether overall depressive symptoms and specific depressive symptoms were elevated in children with ADHD relative to controls. Participants comprised a community-based sample of 179 children with ADHD (51% Combined presentation, 35% Inattentive presentation) and 212 non-ADHD controls aged 6-8 years. Participants were screened for ADHD and und..

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Grants

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


Awarded by NHMRC Career Development Fellowship in Population Health


Funding Acknowledgements

This paper used data from the Children's Attention Project. This project was funded by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC; project grant 1008522), the Collier Foundation, and the Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI). Associate Professor Sciberras' position is funded by an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship in Population Health 1110688 and a veski Inspiring Women's Fellowship. Associate Professor Efron is supported by Clinician Scientist Fellowship, MCRI and Claire Ingrid Joseph by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship.