Understanding the relations among gender, disinhibition, and disruptive behavior in adolescents

Cynthia M. Hartung, Richard Milich, Donald R. Lynam, Catherine A. Martin

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Abstract

This study examined whether disinhibition shows similar relations with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and conduct disorder (CD) symptomatology among male and female adolescents. The mixed-incentive or punishment condition of Newman's go/no-go task was administered to 172 adolescents. As expected, ADHD symptoms in boys and girls were predictive of disinhibition (i.e., commission errors) in the mixed-incentive but not punishment condition. Also consistent with expectations, CD symptoms in boys were predictive of disinhibition in the mixed-incentive but not punishment condition. In contrast, CD symptoms in girls were not predictive of disinhibition in either condition. These findings are discussed in terms of implications for understanding sex differences in the etiology of ADHD and CD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)659-664
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Abnormal Psychology
Volume111
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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