Comorbidity of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) and major depression in primary school children

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 27, issue 6, 2017 , pages: 541–544
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2017.1399551
Author(s): Maria MokobaneDepartment of Behavioural Medicine, South Africa, Basil PillayDepartment of Behavioural Medicine, South Africa, Anneke MeyerPsychology Department, South Africa


The study investigated comorbid Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and depression in a sample of rural primary school children in Limpopo Province, South Africa. A total of 320 learners participated in this study of whom 160 learners had teacher and parent identified ADHD symptoms (females = 50%; age range 6–14 years). All the learners took the Beck Depression Youth Inventory, second edition. Data were analysed applying ANOVA to investigate the possible differences between and within age, gender, and ADHD subtype group differences in depression symptomatology. Results indicated no statistically significant differences in the scores on the depression scale between the children with ADHD as identified by parents and teachers and the comparison group peers.

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