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Curtis Sharma - Associations between bilingualism and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)-related behaviour in a community sample of primary school children

Curtis divides his time being Research Data Coordinator at University of Cambridge and a Researcher in multilingualism and neurodiversity, particularly, the interaction of multilingualism and levels of attention in children. Curtis holds a PhD in Psycholinguistics and an MPhil in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics (University of Cambridge). He is currently a researcher with the “Better attention, better communication? How ADHD multilingualism influence children’s pragmatic development”, funded by the Research Council of Norway.

The talk will be given in English.

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It has been found that bilinguals and children from minority backgrounds lag behind monolinguals or those in the majority culture, with respect to prevalence, assessment, and treatment for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This suggests that bilingualism might be yet another factor giving rise to variability in ADHD. Using regression methods, we analysed parent reports for 394 primary school-age children on background and language experience, ADHD-related behaviour, and structural language skill in English to explore whether bilingualism is associated with levels of ADHD-related behaviour. Bilingualism as a category was associated with slightly lower levels of ADHD-related behaviour. Bilingualism as a continuous measure showed a trend of being associated with lower levels, but this did not quite reach significance. Structural language skill in English was the main predictor of levels of ADHD-related behaviour; higher skill predicting lower levels.

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Tags: Multilingualism, ADHD, Psycholinguistics
Published May 18, 2022 12:51 PM - Last modified May 18, 2022 12:51 PM