In recent years, there has been a significant increase in children being diagnosed with ADD/ADHD (Hill, 2011). According to previous research, ADHD symptoms cause problematic behaviors in the classroom; which may or may not be linked to higher levels of aggressive behaviors within those with ADD/ADHD than those who do not( Hill, 2011). The researchers state that there are two behaviors that seem to be linked to ADD/ADHD, which are aggression and defiance (Hill, 2011). Furthermore, children with ADD/ADHD are also known to have lack of self-control which in turn can lead to unintended aggressive behaviors towards other children. The researchers hypothesized that children with ADHD compared to children without the disorder will present the tendencies to negative behaviors (Hill, 2011).
In order to test the hypothesis the researchers randomly selected 43 students in preschool, first grade, and eight grade classrooms from Clovis Christian School (Hill, 2011). The researchers gave the teachers of each class a checklist that had two columns: “children who display ADD/ADHD tendencies and children who do not display ADD/ADHD tendencies” (Hill, 2011). The researchers informed the teachers that whenever a child showed aggressive behaviors they would record it under “Prevalence of Aggression and Defiance in Children with ADD/ADHD Tendencies” (Hill, 2011). These observations took place for five days.
Based on the observations, the results proved the researchers hypothesis that there is a correlation between aggressive behaviors and children with ADD/ADHD symptoms (Hill, 2011). This tells us that children who have ADD/ADHD are more prone to acting out and showing aggressive behaviors in the classroom. In lecture, we discussed that aggressive behaviors are behaviors with the intention to harm someone who is trying to avoid the harm. However, the article takes us beyond this knowledge and clarifies that children with ADD/ADHD may not intend on acting aggressively; rather this behavior is due to the lack of self-control that is caused be ADHD.