Ontario Child Health Study: prevalence of attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity

J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 1989 Mar;30(2):219-30. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7610.1989.tb00236.x.


The objective of this paper is to present data from the Ontario Child Health Study on the prevalence of attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity (ADDH). The overall prevalence of ADDH was 9.0% in boys and 3.3% in girls. There were no significant differences in the prevalence of ADDH by age or urban-rural status, but the disorder was significantly more common in boys than in girls. The prevalence of various subtypes of ADDH was also explored: attention deficit with and without hyperactivity, situational vs pervasive ADDH, and ADDH with and without other disorders. The clinical implications of these findings are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Age Factors
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity / epidemiology*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Ontario
  • Rural Health
  • Sex Factors
  • Urban Health