Creativity in children with ADHD: Effects of medication and comparisons with normal peers

Wen Ten, Chien Chih Tseng, Yu Shu Chiang, Ching Lin Wu, Hsueh Chih Chen*

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This study is to identify the performance of children with and without ADHD in open-ended and closed-ended creativity assessments, and investigate the moderating effect of medicated and unmedicated Children. The study subjects included third to sixth graders: 43 children with ADHD and 43 typically developing children. The participants with ADHD were those who were identified by local Committees of Identification, Placement and Consultation for Children with Special Needs or those who were diagnosed by medical institutions. Children with ADHD were further divided into medicated (22 participants) and unmedicated groups (21 participants) based on their current medication treatment. This study employed the New Tests of Creative Thinking to gauge the participants’ open-ended creativity, while Remote Associates Test and the Insight Test were used to assess the participants’ closed-ended creativity. Although previous evidence for creativity in children with ADHD have been mixed, this study includes medication as moderation variable and suggests that the performance of unmedicated children with ADHD in the open-ended creativity assessments was better than medicated children with ADHD and typically developing children. The study results can further explore the creativity characteristics of children with ADHD.

Original languageEnglish
Article number112680
JournalPsychiatry Research
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Feb


  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Creativity
  • Medication treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry


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