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  • Print publication year: 2021
  • Online publication date: March 2021

Chapter 3 - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Males

from Section 1 - The Developmental Context and Developmental Disorders

Summary

Unlike most of the disorders discussed in this book, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is, in childhood at least, more common in males than in females. This is both an advantage and disadvantage when it comes to writing a chapter such as this. Whilst most of the research has been conducted in males, meaning that there is a lot to say, those studies that have included females with ADHD or attempted to contrast males and females have often been underpowered and delivered inconclusive findings. Also many of these studies have failed to include healthy comparison groups, making it difficult to know what is specific to ADHD and which differences are simply reflecting more general differences between the sexes.

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