Is there a syndrome of pure hyperactivity?

Gerald August, M. A. Stewart

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A comparison of hyperactive boys with and without associated conduct disorder was made to determine the validity of a narrowly defined concept of pure hyperactivity. Although clinical differences between the two sub-groups supported the diagnostic distinction, few differences appeared with respect to various possibly causal background factors. A small group of boys with pure hyperactivity was separated, however, on the basis of subnormal IQ scores. In contrast to the hyperactive boys with normal IQ, these boys showed a more serious history of developmental disturbanes which appeared to be linked to organicity. It was concluded that pure hyeractivity is an elusive concept and probably defines a heterogeneous group of children whose primary problems are cognitive in nature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)305-311
Number of pages7
JournalBritish Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1982
Externally publishedYes

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