Graduation Date

Summer 2017

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Master of Science degree with a major in Kinesiology, option Teaching/Coaching

Committee Chair Name

Sean Healy

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Chris Hopper

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Third Committee Member Name

Rock Braithwaite

Third Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

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BACKGROUND: ADHD is brain disorder described by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development. One in every 20 children is affected by ADHD. PURPOSE: To examine the effect between physical activity participation and externalizing behaviors (conduct and hyperactivity) among children with and without ADHD. METHODS: The Growing Up in Ireland National Data set was used for analysis, only children with a diagnosis of ADHD were included (n = 77), and a gender-matched, random sample of children without ADHD for comparison purposes (n= 77). A Factorial ANOVA was conducted to compare the main effects of physical activity and the interaction effect between an ADHD diagnosis and physical activity on externalizing behaviors. The interaction effect (ADHD diagnosis X physical activity) was not significant, F(1,138) = .011, p = .918, demonstrating that the effect of physical activity on behavior did not significantly differ depending on the child having a diagnosis of ADHD or not. DISCUSSION: The findings of this study were consistent with other research.

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