Theory of mind and ADHD
Socio-emotional deficits are frequently reported in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), with up to 85% of ADHD children presenting with a ‘lack of awareness of the feelings of others’. Inappropriate social behaviour in children with ADHD may stem from a poor repertoire of social responses and a misunderstanding of the impact of their actions on others. These socio-emotional deficits may markedly impact upon the future of children with ADHD, since poor social relationships with peers are strong predictors and mediators of negative adult outcomes.
ADHD in practice 2011; 3(4): 4–7
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