Sensible Sentences: Measuring psychosocial maturation in adolescents with and without learning disorders and/or ADHD.

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Abstract

292 normal developing adolescents and 102 adolescents with a diagnosis of a learning disability (LD) and/or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) were assessed with the Zinnenaanvullijst Curium (ZALC; Westenberg et al., 2000), which is the Dutch version of the Sentence Completion Test for Youth (SCT-Y; Westenberg et al., 2004). In the non-clinical sample and in line with the literature, an increase in psychosocial development with age and a gender difference in favor of the female subjects was found. This gender difference became apparent at the expected time (middle adolescence). In the clinical group the female advantage in psychosocial maturity was only very small. The clinical group showed an increase in maturity with age, although at a slower rate then their normal developing peers. Delay in psychosocial development was for some individuals moderate to large in early and middle adolescence, although a substantial part of the adolescents with LD and/or ADHD functioned at an age appropriate level. In late adolescence the proportion of individuals in the lower developmental levels was comparable to that in the normal developing group.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPoster at the IVth International Self-Determination Theory Conference (SDT) 13 – 16 May 2010 – Ghent (Belgium).
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2010
EventFinds and Results from the Swedish Cyprus Expedition: A Gender Perspective at the Medelhavsmuseet - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 21 Sep 200925 Sep 2009

Conference

ConferenceFinds and Results from the Swedish Cyprus Expedition: A Gender Perspective at the Medelhavsmuseet
CountrySweden
CityStockholm
Period21/09/0925/09/09

Keywords

  • ego development
  • learning disabilities
  • ADHD
  • psychosocial development
  • SCT-Y
  • ZALC

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