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ADHD link to teen crime
ADHD link to teen crime

Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are three times more likely to be in detention for offences than those without the condition, a WA study shows.

Research by the Telethon Kids Institute also shows boys and girls treated for ADHD are more than twice as likely to receive a community correction order, often for breaking and entering and burglaries.

The results, published in The Lancet Psychiatry, compared the records of almost 13,000 non-Aboriginal boys and girls with ADHD with almost 30,000 children without ADHD.

Lead researcher Desiree Silva said the study found that 8 per cent of boys and one per cent of girls with ADHD had a community correction order and one per cent overall had been in detention, more than those children without ADHD.

The West Australian

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