Self-Regulation of Emotion, Functional Impairment, and Comorbidity Among ChildrenWith AD/HD.

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OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the role of self-regulation of emotion in relation to functional impairment and comorbidity among children with and without AD/HD. METHOD: A total of 358 probands and their siblings participated in the study, with 74% of the sample participants affected by AD/HD. Parent-rated levels of emotional lability served as a marker for self-regulation of emotion. RESULTS: Nearly half of the children affected by AD/HD displayed significantly elevated levels of emotional lability versus 15% of those without this disorder. Children with AD/HD also displayed significantly higher rates of functional impairment, comorbidity, and treatment service utilization. Emotional lability partially mediated the association between AD/HD status and these outcomes. CONCLUSION: Findings lent support to the notion that deficits in the self-regulation of emotion are evident in a substantial number of children with AD/HD and that these deficits play an important role in determining functional impairment and comorbidity outcomes.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Anastopoulos, AD; Smith, TF; Garrett, ME; Morrissey-Kane, E; Schatz, NK; Sommer, JL; Kollins, SH; Ashley-Koch, A

Published Date

  • October 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 15 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 583 - 592

PubMed ID

  • 20686097

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3355528

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1557-1246

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1087054710370567


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States