The Relationship of Personality Style and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children

Authors

  • Stephen P. Amos, Ph.D. University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, Department of Pediatrics
  • Gretchen J. Homan, M.D. University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, Department of Pediatrics
  • Natalie Sollo, M.D. University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, Department of Pediatrics
  • Carolyn R. Ahlers-Schmidt, Ph.D. University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, Department of Pediatrics
  • Matthew Engel, MPH University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, Department of Pediatrics
  • Patrice Rawlins, APRN University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, Department of Pediatrics

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17161/kjm.v10i2.8648

Keywords:

attention deficit hyperactive disorder, Myers Briggs Type Indicator, personality inventory, pediatrics

Abstract

Introduction. This study was to identify personality correlates of
children with a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
(ADHD). The Jungian Personality Type dimensions primarily
considered were Sensing/Intuiting and Perceiving/Judging.
A Sensing child is likely to be very present-centered. A Perceiving
child tends to be curious and resist order and structure.


Methods. Children attending a general pediatric clinic with a diagnosis
of ADHD were eligible to participate. Enrolled children
were administered the Murphy-Meisgeier Type Indicator for
Children. Binomial tests were performed comparing Perceiving
and Sensing personality components to accepted population rates.


Results. Participants (n = 117) were predominantly male
(78%) with a median age of 10 years. The Sensing trait (72%)
was more prevalent than expected, though prevalence for the
Perceiving trait (44%) did not differ from population rates.


Conclusions. Personality types occasioned with the diagnosis
of ADHD could be useful in establishing/normalizing
treatment regimens and approaches to assist these
children and their families better. KS J Med 2017;10(2):26-29.

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Published

2019-01-14

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