Hyperactivity and child abuse

W. M. Heffron, C. A. Martin, R. J. Welsh, P. Perry, C. K. Moore

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The role of a child in his/her physical abuse was reviewed with particular attention to hyperactive children. A retrospective analysis of the records of children referred to a university-based hyperactive children's clinic revealed that children both with and without Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) were more often physically abused than children in the general population. The period prevalence of physical abuse in children with ADD did not differ significantly from that in children without ADD. This suggests that hyperactivity may either contribute to, or result from, physical abuse.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)384-386
Number of pages3
JournalCanadian Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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