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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Aikins, Jamarri Raimon
URN etd-07102015-160750
Title The Moderating Effects of Anxiety on the Relationship Between Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Kelley, Mary Lou Committee Chair
Davis, Thompson E III Committee Member
Gresham, Frank Committee Member
Kennedy, Eugene Dean's Representative
  • child
  • adolescent
  • ADHD
  • anxiety
  • ODD
Date of Defense 2015-07-02
Availability unrestricted
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) are two of the most prevalent childhood disorders, and the co-occurrence of these disorders is associated with an exacerbation of certain behavioral difficulties such as opposition, defiance, and anger when compared to the independent presentation of either disorder. Several researchers have demonstrated that anxiety may buffer against oppositional behavior by inhibiting responses that may lead to aversive consequences. Thus, the current study sought to examine the potentially suppressing role of anxiety when symptoms of ADHD and ODD are both present. A hierarchical regression analysis was conducted to determine the extent to which anxiety moderates moderated the relationship between symptoms of ADHD and ODD in a sample of 1409 clinic-referred children. It was hypothesized that increased levels of anxiety would attenuate the relationship between the two disorders and would be associated with decreased levels of ODD. No significant findings were revealed during the regression, indicating that anxiety did not have an effect on the relationship between ADHD and symptoms of ODD in this model.
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