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Unique and overlapping contributions of sustained attention and working memory to parent and teacher ratings of inattentive behavior

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dc.contributor.author Slattery, Éadaoin J.
dc.contributor.author Ryan, Patrick
dc.contributor.author Fortune, Dónal G.
dc.contributor.author McAvinue, Laura P.
dc.date.accessioned 2022-01-17T09:43:55Z
dc.date.available 2022-01-17T09:43:55Z
dc.date.issued 2022
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/10920
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Sustained attention and working memory are two closely inter-twined executive functions that may underlie inattentive behavior. However, little research has teased apart their precise contributions in a single study. This study examines the extent to which ratings of children’s inattentive behavior are associated with these executive functions. Specifically, we investigated the unique and overlapping statistical contributions of sustained attention capacity and working memory capacity to parent and teacher ratings of inattentive behavior (operationalized as scores on both the Inattentive and Hyperactive/Impulsive scales of the Conners’ Rating Scale), while controlling for IQ. Children aged 8–11 years completed measures of sustained attention capacity, working memory capacity and IQ. Parents and teachers completed Conners-3 Parent and Teacher Short Forms, as a measure of inattentive behavior. We found that the unique statistical contribution of sustained attention capacity emerged as the most important factor in both parent and teacher ratings of inattentive behavior, with effects of moderate magnitude. In contrast, working memory capacity accounted for a small amount of variance. The overlap between sustained attention and working memory explained a small but substantive amount of variance in inattentive behavior. These findings support the idea that sustained attention and working memory are distinct executive functions that may contribute to goal-directed behavior both uniquely and through their interactions en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Routledge Taylor & Francis en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Child Neuropsychology;
dc.subject Sustained attention en_US
dc.subject executive function en_US
dc.subject working memory en_US
dc.title Unique and overlapping contributions of sustained attention and working memory to parent and teacher ratings of inattentive behavior en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/09297049.2021.2022112
dc.contributor.sponsor IRC en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 3044651


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