Journal article

Neurodevelopmental Trajectories Related to Attention Problems Predict Driving-Related Risk Behaviors

Nandita Vijayakumar, Nicholas B Allen, George J Youssef, Julian G Simmons, Michelle L Byrne, Sarah Whittle

JOURNAL OF ATTENTION DISORDERS | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2019

Abstract

Objective: Investigate neurodevelopmental trajectories related to attention/hyperactivity problems (AP) in a community sample of adolescents and whether these trajectories predict later-emerging health risk behaviors. Method: One hundred sixty-six participants underwent up to three magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans (n = 367) between 11 and 20 years of age. AP were measured during early adolescence using the Child Behaviour Checklist, and engagement in risk behaviors was measured during late adolescence using the "DRIVE" survey (i.e., driving risks) and items assessing alcohol-harms. Results: Greater AP scores during early adolescence were related to less reduction over time of left dors..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC; Australia)


Awarded by Australian Research Council (ARC)


Awarded by NHMRC Career Development Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This research was supported by grants from the Colonial Foundation, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC; Australia; Program Grant 350241) and the Australian Research Council (ARC; Discovery Grant DP0878136). Dr. Whittle is supported by a NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (ID: 1007716).