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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25663

Title: Motor Control in Adolescent ADHD
Authors: McIlveen-Brown, Emma
Advisor: Tannock, Rosemary
Department: Human Development and Applied Psychology
Keywords: motor skills
Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder
fine motor
postural control
adolescence
sex differences
cerebellum
comorbidity
Developmental Coordination Disorder
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2011
Abstract: This thesis presents two manuscripts on motor control in ADHD. The first is a literature review that identifies fine motor control and postural stability as areas of robust abnormality in ADHD. Further, the review suggests that motor performance in adolescence has been understudied, and reveals a paucity of data on sex differences. The second study is an empirical assessment of postural control and fine motor skills in an adolescent ADHD sample, which investigated potential sex differences. This latter study revealed that males with ADHD were especially impaired on fine motor tasks, whereas females with the disorder were particularly impaired on tasks of postural stability. Deficits were most prominent under conditions where visual information was removed, across genders. It is unclear whether motor performance deficits are central features of ADHD or instead artifacts of overlap with Developmental Coordination Disorder and other psychiatric comorbidities.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25663
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