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Volume 6 (2006), Pages 637-642
http://dx.doi.org/10.1100/tsw.2006.129
Research Article

A Pilot Study: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Sensation Seeking, and Pubertal Changes

1Department of Psychiatry, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY 40536, USA
2Department of Pediatrics, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY 40536, USA
3Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY 40536, USA
4Department of Behavioral Science, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY 40536, USA
5College of Nursing, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY 40536, USA

Received 1 April 2006; Revised 15 May 2006; Accepted 16 May 2006

Academic Editor: Joav Merrick

Copyright © 2006 Catherine A. Martin et al.

Abstract

This study was designed to examine the relationship of pubertal changes and sensation seeking (SS) in adolescents with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Patients with current or past histories of uncomplicated stimulant medication use for ADHD between the ages of 11 and 15 (13 ± 1.5) were recruited from a Child Psychiatry and a General Pediatric Clinic. SS was measured using the SS Scale for Children. Pubertal development was measured using Tanner staging, free testosterone, and DHEAS. Subjects and their parent were interviewed with the Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children (DISC). SS total score was correlated with Tanner stage, free testosterone, and DHEAS (p ≤ 0.01). The combined parent and child reports of symptoms of Oppositional Defiant Disorder from the DISC were inversely related to age (p ≤ 0.05). Understanding SS in ADHD adolescents as they move through puberty will aid clinicians in monitoring ADHD adolescents and their trajectory into high-risk behaviors.