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ERIC Number: EJ878893
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0261-510X
Assessing Inattention and Impulsivity in Children during the Go/NoGo Task
Bezdjian, Serena; Baker, Laura A.; Lozano, Dora Isabel; Raine, Adrian
British Journal of Developmental Psychology, v27 n2 p365-383 Jun 2009
Behavioural performance in the Go/NoGo task was compared with caregiver and teacher reports of inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity in 1,151 children (N = 557 boys; N = 594 girls) age 9-10 years old. Errors of commission (NoGo errors) were significantly correlated with symptom counts of hyperactivity-impulsivity, while errors of omission (Go errors) were significantly correlated with symptom counts for inattention in both caregiver and teacher reports. Cross-correlations were also evident, however, such that errors of commission were related to inattention symptoms, and errors of omission were related to hyperactivity-impulsivity. Moreover, hyperactivity-impulsivity and inattention symptoms were highly intercorrelated in both caregiver (r = 0.52) and teacher reports (r = 0.70), while errors of commission and omission were virtually uncorrelated in the Go/NoGo task (r = 0.06). The results highlight the difficulty in disentangling hyperactivity-impulsivity and inattention in questionnaires, and suggest that these constructs may be more clearly distinguished in laboratory measures such as the Go/NoGo task.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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