Title page for ETD etd-04132005-140539

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Laslie, Karen Ann
Author's Email Address klasli1@lsu.edu
URN etd-04132005-140539
Title Comorbidity of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder among Low Income Urban Youth
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Mary Lou Kelley Committee Chair
Amy Copeland Committee Member
Geogre Noell Committee Member
  • traumatic violence
  • children
Date of Defense 2004-12-10
Availability unrestricted
Chronic exposure to violence is becoming increasingly common for urban children, placing them at an increased risk of developing psychopathology. For children exposed to chronic violence, two common diagnoses are Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). However, symptom overlap between these disorders has made differential diagnosis difficult. Most studies looking at the comorbidity between ADHD and PTSD have focused only on maltreated children. This study is the first to look at comorbid rates of ADHD and PTSD for children exposed to chronic violence, not limited to maltreatment. Specifically, this study evaluated rates of PTSD symptoms in children with and without ADHD. Contrary to the hypothesis, children diagnosed with ADHD were not significantly more likely to meet criteria for PTSD nor did they exhibit more symptoms of PTSD than children without ADHD.
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