Attention and Executive Functions in Adolescents with Spina Bifida

Brigid M Rose & Grayson N Holmbeck

Does impairment in these areas contribute to problems with social adjustment? This study looks at a sample of adolescents, a comparison group and their families. Questionnaires were completed by all participants and the adolescents underwent neurocognitive testing.

The Spina Bifida group showed greater impairment on objective and subjective measures of attention and executive functioning, in addition these impairments were predictive of social adjustment difficulties.

In conclusion, the authors suggest that adolescents with spina bifida exhibit clear impairment in attention and executive functioning, contributing to their well established social difficulties.

Journal of Pediatric Psychology, Advance access published on June 7, 2007.

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