Journal article

Comorbid anxiety and irritability symptoms and their association with cognitive functioning in children with ADHD

Nicola Read, Melissa Mulraney, Jane McGillivray, Emma Sciberras

Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology | SPRINGER/PLENUM PUBLISHERS | Published : 2020


Anxiety and irritability symptoms frequently co-occur in children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This study aims to investigate whether irritability and anxiety are uniquely associated with performance on measures of cognitive functioning in children with ADHD and whether these associations hold when accounting for confounding variables. Baseline data was used from a randomised controlled trial of cognitive behavioural therapy for anxiety in children with ADHD (N = 219, 8-13 years). Anxiety was assessed using the child- and parent-reported Spence Children's Anxiety Scale, while irritability was assessed using the parent-reported Affective Reactivity Index. Children com..

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