According to a recent article by Psych Central, new research has found that ADHD in youth can cause children to become more sensitive to repeat failures. The research found that children with ADHD will avoid situations that may have a risk of failure thereby missing opportunities to learn and grow.

The Theory

The researchers believe that children dealing with ADHD in youth are potentially more exposed to criticism than non-ADHD developing children. Their difficulties with focusing, elevated activity levels and impulsive actions often get them into trouble with parents, teachers, and peers. Researchers believe that this makes the question on punishing children that much more important. Dr. Gail Tripp, one of the authors of the paper and director of the Human Developmental Neurobiology Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University states:
“We need to be extremely careful about using punishment, especially when working with children. Some of our first attempts to study ADHD and punishment were not very successful, because the children simply abandoned the task when they kept losing points or did not get enough rewards.”

The Research

To conduct the research to determine if ADHD in youth led to children being more likely to give up and repeat failures, the researchers created a computer game that produced two forms of outcomes. One outcome provided a higher level of success while the other was much harder to win. In both games, when the child won, the computer gave them 10 points and played a simple animation; when a child lost, the computer took away five points and played a laughing sound. All children began with a positive balance of 20 points and the game continues until either they reached 400 points or completed 300 trials. Each child won a prize at the end of the game. The results were also arranged to discourage children from playing on one game exclusively or switching every time.

The Results

Researchers found that the kids who suffered from ADHD in youth were more likely to give up during the game that was harder to win. Both groups of developing children developed a bias towards the less punishing game. Over time the children with ADHD found losing point and the laughter more punishing than typically developing children.

The results of the study who how important it is to be sensitive with children dealing with ADHD in youth. It is clearly shown that they are more sensitive to repeated experiences of punishment and failure.
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