Inhibitory processes in adults with persistent childhood onset ADHD

Joel Nigg, Karin M. Butler, Cynthia L. Huang-Pollock, John M. Henderson

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Abstract

The theory that attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) stems from a deficit in an executive behavioral inhibition process has been little studied in adults, where the validity of ADHD is in debate. This study examined, in high-functioning young adults with persistent ADHD and a control group, 2 leading measures of inhibitory control: the antisaccade task and the negative priming task. ADHD adults showed weakened ability to effortfully stop a reflexive or anticipated oculomotor response but had normal ability to automatically suppress irrelevant information. Results suggest that an inhibitory deficit in ADHD is confined to effortful inhibition of motor response, that antisaccade and negative priming tasks index distinct inhibition systems, and that persistence of ADHD symptoms into adulthood is associated with persistence of executive motor inhibition deficits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-157
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Volume70
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

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Inhibitory processes in adults with persistent childhood onset ADHD. / Nigg, Joel; Butler, Karin M.; Huang-Pollock, Cynthia L.; Henderson, John M.

In: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Vol. 70, No. 1, 2002, p. 153-157.

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Nigg, Joel ; Butler, Karin M. ; Huang-Pollock, Cynthia L. ; Henderson, John M. / Inhibitory processes in adults with persistent childhood onset ADHD. In: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. 2002 ; Vol. 70, No. 1. pp. 153-157.
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