Is the impulsivity of attention deficit hyperactivity (ADHD) an indicator of the kind of impulsive actions that lead to criminal behavior? Canadian researchers led a longitudinal study over the course of 25 years involving 2,700 people to determine whether ADHD is a predictor of criminality. Assessed annually between the ages of six and thirteen, participants’ tendencies toward aggression and conflict were gauged. The link to ADHD in participant criminal records in the years up to 25 seemed strong in some cases but weak in the most significant. The findings more clearly indicate that a combination of factors, including family adversity and aggression, put them at risk for criminal activity.
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