The Effect of Physical Activity on Children With ADHD: A Quantitative Review of the Literature

Colleen Cornelius, Alicia L. Fedewa, Soyeon Ahn

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Abstract

Research on the effects of physical activity on children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is promising, yet no attempt has been made to integrate current findings using meta-analytic techniques. Using a meta-regression, the present study examined the effectives of physical activity for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder on a number of cognitive, behavioral, and emotional outcomes. From 20 empirical studies, 164 effect sizes quantifying the effectiveness of physical activity for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder were extracted from 22 independent samples. Results indicated an overall moderate-to-large effect for physical activity on children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, with a significant effect for emotion/mood. Limitations of the study, future directions, and implications for school professionals are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)136-170
Number of pages35
JournalJournal of Applied School Psychology
Volume33
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 3 2017

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Keywords

  • attention
  • behavior
  • Exercise
  • hyperactivity
  • meta-analysis
  • school

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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