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Old people reporting childhood AD/HD symptoms: Retrospectively self-rated AD/HD symptoms in a population-based Swedish sample aged 65-80.
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PMID:  19308795     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Our knowledge of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) has increased in recent years. Little is still known about the course and manifestations in later parts of life and whether elderly persons who once presented childhood AD/HD symptoms can be identified. The aim of the study was to explore the occurrence to which elderly individuals retrospectively report symptoms that may indicate childhood AD/HD. The 25-item Wender Utah Rating Scale (WURS) was administered in a population-based sample of 2500 persons aged 65-80. Demographics, self-ratings of problems in childhood, current health and memory were also investigated. A total of 1599 individuals participated, which corresponds to a response rate of 64%. The prevalence of self-rated childhood AD/HD symptoms was 3.3% using a cut-off score of 36 or more in the WURS. Men rated significantly more AD/HD symptoms. Those who reported more childhood AD/HD symptoms also claimed general problems in childhood as well as worse current health. The proportion of individuals among 65-80-year-olds, who report childhood AD/HD symptoms is slightly lower but comparable with recent prevalence rates of childhood AD/HD. The study encourages further studies of AD/HD using a lifespan perspective.
Taina Guldberg-Kjär; Boo Johansson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nordic journal of psychiatry     Volume:  63     ISSN:  1502-4725     ISO Abbreviation:  Nord J Psychiatry     Publication Date:  2009  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-06-29     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100927567     Medline TA:  Nord J Psychiatry     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  375-82     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg.
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