Volume 23, Issue 1

Executive Functions in Adolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Little is known about the neuropsychological characteristics of adolescents with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The aim of this cross-sectional comparativedescriptive study was to compare the performance in executive functions (EF) tasks in male and female adolescents between 14 and 17 years with and without ADHD, at a general level and by sex. Diagnostic criteria were confirmed by a structured clinical interview. The following EF were evaluated through the Child Neuropsychological Assessment battery (Matute, Rosselli, Ardila y Ostrosky-Solís, 2007): verbal fluency, graphic fluency, cognitive flexibility, and planning and organization. None deficit in these functions were found in adolescents with ADHD compared with normal group. However, should be performed confirmatory studies and others to evaluate another EF.

Neuropsychology, hyperactivity, attention disorders, adolescents

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