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ERIC Number: EJ825321
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0091-0627
Empathy and Social Perspective Taking in Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Marton, Imola; Wiener, Judith; Rogers, Maria; Moore, Chris; Tannock, Rosemary
Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, v37 n1 p107-118 Jan 2009
This study explored empathy and social perspective taking in 8 to 12 year old children with and without Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The sample comprised 92 children, 50 with a diagnosis of ADHD and 42 typically developing comparison children. Although children with ADHD were rated by their parents as less empathic than children without ADHD, this difference was accounted for by co-occurring oppositional and conduct problems among children in the ADHD sample. Children with ADHD used lower levels of social perspective taking coordination in their definition of problems, identification of feelings, and evaluation of outcomes than children without ADHD, and these differences persisted after the role of language abilities, intelligence and oppositional and conduct problems were taken into account. Girls were more empathic and had higher overall social perspective taking scores than boys. Implications for research and practice are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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