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Title: Examining the role of attention deficits in the social problems and withdrawn behavior of children with sluggish cognitive tempo symptoms
Authors: Yung, TWK 
Lai, CYY 
Chan, JYC
Ng, SSM 
Chan, CCH 
Issue Date: May-2021
Source: Frontiers in psychiatry, May 2021, v. 12, 585589
Abstract: Previous studies have found that sluggish cognitive tempo (SCT) symptoms are often associated with social problems and withdrawn behavior. However, the possible neuropsychological mechanism underlying this relationship remains unclear. Some studies have also found that SCT symptoms are related to deficits in sustained attention and selective attention. However, no study has examined whether attention deficits are related to social problems and withdrawn behavior in children with SCT. This study was the first to examine the neuropsychological correlates of social problems and withdrawn behavior among children with SCT symptoms. The results showed that sustained attention measure (omission) predicted the severity of social problems and withdrawn behavior in children with SCT even after controlling for symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Selective attention measure (response latency mean) was also found to predict the severity of social problems. These results suggest that the social problems commonly exhibited by children with SCT are related to deficits in sustained attention and attentional control. Thus, our results provide an initial support to the link between attention deficits and social problems among children with SCT.
Keywords: Children
Selective attention
Sluggish cognitive tempo
Social problems
Sustained attention
Publisher: Frontiers Research Foundation
Journal: Frontiers in psychiatry 
EISSN: 1664-0640
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyt.2021.585589
Rights: © 2021 Yung, Lai, Chan, Ng and Chan. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) ( The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
The following publication Yung TWK, Lai CYY, Chan JYC, Ng SSM and Chan CCH (2021) Examining the Role of Attention Deficits in the Social Problems and Withdrawn Behavior of Children With Sluggish Cognitive Tempo Symptoms. Front. Psychiatry 12:585589 is available at
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