Master's Theses

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access

Date of Award

Spring 2007

Degree Name

Education Specialist (Ed.S)


Advanced Education Programs


Kaira Hayes


This study investigated the relation between optimism, depression, and externalizing problems among children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). A small community sample of children with ADHD (N=11) completed measures of depression and optimism and their parents completed a behavioral rating scale. Results indicate a significant positive correlation between externalizing behavior problems and symptoms of depression, according to the scale completed by the parents, and a significant negative correlation between symptoms of depression and optimism, according to the scales completed by the children. Results also indicate a negative correlation approaching significance between externalizing problems and optimism.


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