The negative attribution processes of mothers of children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder

Huei Lin Huang*, Syu Sin Li, Chung Ping Cheng, Chun Yu Lin, Yen Kuang Yang, June Hui Huang

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The objective of this study was to investigate the attribution processes of mothers regarding children's prosocial behaviors, inattention, and hyperactivity/impulsivity (symptoms of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, ADHD) using two paradigms. The first paradigm involved multidimensional attributions. The second paradigm concerned making attributions of children's identical behaviors based on information such as consensus, distinctiveness, and consistency. The participants were 64 mothers of children with ADHD (7-13 years old) and 64 mothers with typical/normal children (7-12 years old). The results showed that mothers of typical children exhibited positive attribution styles or person attributions whereas mothers of children with ADHD exhibited negative attribution styles. Mothers of children with ADHD tended to make personal attributions of children's negative behaviors (e.g., inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity; HI) but made situational attributions of prosocial behaviors. The results of this study can be used in future studies of the effects of intervention on children with ADHD or in studies related to neurophysiology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-98
Number of pages12
JournalResearch in Developmental Disabilities
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 1


  • Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Attribution
  • Person attribution
  • Prosocial behavior
  • Sentence analogy questionnaire (SAQ)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology


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