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Early grade repetition and inattention associated with neurofibromatosis type 1.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Attention Disorders
Publisher
SAGE Publications
Publication Date
Sep 03, 2007
Volume
11
Issue
2
Pages
101–105
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1087054707299398
PMID: 17494836
Source
USPC - SET - SVS
License
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Abstract

Objective: The authors analyze the occurrence of grade repetition and inattention in children diagnosed with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1). Method: The participant group consisted of 310 patients with NF1 and a control group of 242 individuals. The number of grade repetitions for each participant during his or her time in elementary, middle, and high school was noted and the inattention score was calculated from the Barkley's ADHD Clinic Parent Interview form. Results: Fifty-three percent of NF1 patients versus 25% of the controls had increased grade repetition, P2 (1) = 27.41, p < .0001, and 67% of NF1 patients versus 14% of controls were found to be inattentive, 2 (1) = 27.41, p < .0001. Repetition mainly affected kindergarten and first-grade levels and the inattention score significantly correlated with grade repetition prevalence in NF1 patients (r2 = .7429, p < .0004). Conclusion: Grade repetition is a frequent complication in NF1 and correlates with inattention in individuals with this disease.

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