Volume 25, Issue 1

The Self-Perceptions of Children Referred for Psychotherapy and Their Relation to the Severity of Inattention, Hyperactivity/Impulsivity, and Externalizing Symptoms

The aim of this paper is to explore how the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and externalizing symptoms are related to self-perceptions and its bias in children with ADHD and children with other issues that are the subject of psychotherapeutic care. Participants were children between 7 and 13 years old diagnosed (according to DSM-IV) as ADHD and children referred for psychotherapy that did not fulfill the DMS IV criteria for ADHD; and a parent and a teacher of the children. Pearson correlations and simple linear regression were performed. Groups were studied separately. The results show that both ADHD and externalizing symptoms predict selfperceptions of both groups of children although differently.

Inattention; hyperactivity/impulsivity; externalizing symptoms; self-perceptions; positive illusory bias

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