Journal article

Longitudinal Trajectories of Sustained Attention Development in Children and Adolescents with ADHD

Phoebe Thomson, Nandita Vijayakumar, Katherine A Johnson, Charles B Malpas, Emma Sciberras, Daryl Efron, Philip Hazell, Timothy J Silk

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


The present study characterizes changes in sustained attention ability over ages 9-14, and whether longitudinal trajectories of attention development differ between persistent ADHD, remitted ADHD and control groups. The Sustained Attention to Response Task (SART) was administered to 120 children with ADHD and 123 controls on three occasions between ages 9 and 14. Trajectories of sustained attention development, indicated by changes in SART performance (standard deviation of response time [SDRT], omission errors, and ex-Gaussian parameters sigma and tau), were examined using generalized additive mixed models. For all measures there was a significant main effect of age; response time variabili..

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

Awarded by NHMRC

Funding Acknowledgements

The study was funded by the National Medical Health and Research Council of Australia (NHMRC; project grant #1065895). The Children's Attention Project was as funded by an NHMRC project grant #1008522 and a grant from the Collier Foundation. This research was conducted at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute and Deakin University. It was supported by the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, The Royal Children's Hospital, The Royal Children's Hospital Foundation, Department of Paediatrics at The University of Melbourne and the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program. ES is supported by an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (#1110688) and a veski Inspiring Women's Fellowship. DE is supported by a Clinical Scientist Fellowship from the Murdoch Children's Research Institute.