Fewer girls are treated for ADHD, but when girls are diagnosed they fare worse than boys with ADHD, said senior study author Dr. Jill Pell of the University of Glasgow in Scotland.
Having ADHD had a bigger effect on girls than boys in terms of having special education needs, being excluded from school, doing worse on exams, being unemployed and needing to be admitted to the hospital, Pell said by email.
For the current study, researchers examined data on 766,244 children and teens attending school in Scotland between 2009 and 2013. This included 7,413 kids taking medication for ADHD.
About 85 percent of the kids taking ADHD drugs were boys.
Compared to kids not being treated for ADHD, boys taking medication for the disorder were more than three times as likely to get poor grades in school. Girls on ADHD drugs, however, were more than five times as likely to get poor grades.
Roughly 64 percent of students taking ADHD drugs dropped out of school before age 16, compared with 28 percent of other students.
When they dropped out, boys with ADHD were 40 percent more likely than kids without the disorder to be unemployed six months later. For girls with ADHD, the risk of unemployment was 59 percent greater.
The study adds to a large body of evidence suggesting that stimulant medication for ADHD may not be enough on its own to help kids succeed, said Dr. William Pelham, director of the Center for Children and Families at Florida International University in Miami.
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View study cited in articl: Educational and Health Outcomes of Children Treated for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder