Quality of Life Among Children and Adolescents With Tourette Disorder and Comorbid ADHD: A Clinical Controlled Study

Gun S. E., Kilincaslan A.

JOURNAL OF ATTENTION DISORDERS, vol.23, no.8, pp.817-827, 2019 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 23 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/1087054718772158
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.817-827
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


Objective: To examine (a) the quality of life (QOL) in children with Tourette's disorder (TD) and ADHD (TD + ADHD) compared with ADHD without tics (ADHD alone) and (b) the effects of the severity of tics, ADHD symptoms, comorbid diagnoses, and family functioning on QOL. Method: The assessments included the Kiddie-Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia, Yale Global Tic Severity Scale, ADHD Rating Scale, Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory, and Family Assessment Device. Results: The TD + ADHD group had poorer psychosocial QOL. Agreement between child and parent ratings was higher in the TD + ADHD group, and children reported higher scores than their parents in both groups. Severity of tics and ADHD symptoms had stronger negative associations with parent-reported than child-reported QOL. Significant positive correlations were detected between QOL and family functioning in both groups. Conclusion: Children with TD + ADHD have lower QOL than their peers with ADHD alone. Family functioning seems to affect QOL in both groups.