ERIC Number: ED283312
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Feb
Reference Count: 0
The Mediating Effect of Age on the Relationship between Hyperactivity and Neuropsychological Test Performance.
Massman, Paul J.; Nussbaum, Nancy L.
The relationship between hyperactivity and neuropsychological test performance at different age levels was investigated with 90 children 6-8 years old and 92 children 9-12 years old. Subjects were administered a battery of neuropsychological tests, and a parent completed the Child Behavior Checklist (CBC). Young children demonstrated no significant association between hyperactivity/attentional problems (as measured by the Hyperactivity scale of the Child Behavior Checklist) nor between performance on neuropsychological tasks thought to contain an attentional component--Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children Achievement Test-Revised (WISC-R Coding); Arithmetic, and Digital Span; WRAT Arithmetic; and the Benton Visual Retention Test (VRT). However, for older children, there were significant and large negative correlations between CBC Hyperactivity scores and Coding, WRAT Arithmetic, and Benton VRT scores. Multiple regression analyses supported the above results (for Coding and WRAT Arithmetic), indicating that hyperactivity/inattention has a particularly deleterious effect on test performance (relative to same age peers) as age increases. Results of factor analyses suggested that the factor structure of the WISC-R in samples of children with attentional problems may depend on the age of the children studied. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society (Washington, DC, February, 1987).