International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy

Volume 13 Num. 2 - June 2013


Executive Functioning in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Reading Disabilities

Volume 13 Num. 2 - June 2013 - Pages 179-194


Trinidad Garc?a , Celestino Rodr?guez , Trinidad Garc?a , Paloma Gonz?lez Castro , David ?lvarez , Marisol Cueli , Julio Antonio Gonzalez Pienda


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Reading Disabilities (RD) are two of the most common problems at school age, which are often associated. Several studies have addressed this association. However, its etiology is still unknown. Although RD usually have been associated with phonological and visual problems and ADHD with executive functioning impairments, several studies also have shown executive functioning deficits in children and adolescents with RD. The aim of this study was to know executive functioning in a sample of 108 children and adolescents with ADHD and ADHD with RD associated, through the administration of the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Functions-BRIEF in its parent form. We found a higher executive deficit in the comorbid group than in the ADHD isolated group, being working memory and planning the most relevant domains. Beyond the study of this association, knowing the executive functioning profile in each subgroup would also be useful for designing specific intervention programs for each population.

Key words:

hyperactivity disorder, reading disabilities, comorbidity, executive functions

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