Self-esteem evaluation in children and adolescents suffering from ADHD

Luigi Mazzone, Valentina Postorino, Laura Reale, Manuela Guarnera, Valeria Mannino, Marco Armando, Laura Fatta, Lavinia De Peppo, Stefano Vicari

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Background: Several recent studies investigated the relationship between self-esteem and ADHD, however, the results are still controversial. In the present study we analyze the characteristics of self-esteem in a sample of children and adolescents suffering from ADHD, with a particular focus on the relationship between ADHD symptoms severity and treatment strategies. Methods: A total of 85 patients with ADHD (44 drug-free and 41 drug-treated, 23 of which atomoxetine-treated and 18 Methylphenidate-treated) and 26 healthy controls were enrolled in the study in order to evaluate self-esteem using the Self-esteem Multidimensional Test (TMA). Results: ADHD subjects revealed lower scores on all self-esteem domains compared to controls. Both ADHD drug-free (47.1%) and ADHD drug-treated (44.1%) groups showed significantly higher rates of subjects in the pathological range as compared to normal control group (8.8%) (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96-102
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Practice and Epidemiology in Mental Health
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • ADHD
  • Adolescents
  • Atomoxetine
  • Children
  • Methylphenidate
  • Self-esteem

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Epidemiology


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