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Etiological Complexity of Impulsive Behavior From Preschool to Adolescence for Boys Versus Girls: Neurodevelopmental Considerations


Theodore P. Beauchaine, PhD



Much is known about progression of ADHD early in life to more severe externalizing conduct across development for boys – less is known about developmental outcomes of early life impulsivity for girls. Beauchaine discusses emerging evidence that young girls with ADHD are especially vulnerable to non-suicidal self-injury and suicide attempts when they incur maltreatment. These findings argue for development of prevention programs targeting pre-adolescents, yet no empirically supported prevention programs exist.