Hyperactivity ratings were obtained from parents and teachers for 45 hyperactive children. The children were also given several psychological tests. Teachers' ratings, but not parents' ratings, were negatively correlated with performance on the psychological tests that require sustained attention and on which performance is improved by stimulant drugs. This pattern of correlations was interpreted as evidence that teachers, but not parents, have an opportunity to observe children performing daily tasks that require sustained attention.
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This research was supported by NIMH Grant No. MH-20583, Psychopharmacology Research Branch, principal investigator: Lawrence Greenberg, MD. The authors wish to thank Dale Blunden for her helpful comments on the manuscript.
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Spring, C., Greenberg, L.M. & Yellin, A.M. Agreement of mothers' and teachers' hyperactivity ratings with scores on drug-sensitive psychological tests. J Abnorm Child Psychol 5, 199–204 (1977). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00913095
- Sustained Attention
- Psychological Test
- Daily Task
- Stimulant Drug
- Hyperactive Child