Athletic performance and social behavior as predictors of peer acceptance in children diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder

Andy Lopez-Williams, Anil Chacko, Brian T. Wymbs, Gregory A. Fabiano, Karen E. Seymour, Elizabeth M. Gnagy, Andrea M. Chronis, Lisa Burrows-MacLean, William E. Pelham, Tracy L. Morris

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Sixty-three children between ages 6 and 12 who were enrolled in a summer treatment program for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) participated in a study designed to measure the relationship between social behaviors, athletic performance, and peer acceptance. Children were assessed on sport-specific skills of three major sports (basketball,soccer,and softball),general fitness tests (i.e.,50-yard dash and situps), and social behavioral measures. Predictors were standardized and separated into three broad domains:athletic performance, negative social behavior, and positive social behavior. Both negative behavior and athletic performance significantly predicted children's sociometric status regardless of outcome measure. Positive behavior was a significant predictor only when considering positive peer nominations.The direction and magnitude of the predictor varied by type of outcome measured. Clinical implications and future directions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)173-180
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2005


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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