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The Behavioral Effects of Increased Physical Activity on Preschoolers at Risk for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Master of Science (M.S.)
Year Degree Awarded
Month Degree Awarded
ADHD, Physical Activity, Intervention, Preschool
Physical activity (PA) has many health benefits, both physical and psychological. PA has been linked to improved cognitive functioning, superior overall health, and enhanced emotional well-being in populations ranging from school-age children to older adults. There has been less research, however, examining the benefits of PA in atypical preschool populations.
The present study examined the efficacy of a PA intervention in preschool-aged children at risk for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). ADHD symptomatology, response inhibition, and physical activity were measured at three time points over a 6-month period. Results provide support for the efficacy of PA as an alleviative tool in preschoolers with ADHD. This research is some of the first to use objective measures to examine PA as viable intervention in atypical preschool populations.
Matthew C. Davidson
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