the researchers aimed to discover the relationship between ADHD symptoms, aggression, and rejection by peers (Evans et al., 2015). A study was conducted consisting of 200 students, 104 of them being male and 96 being female; where all data was reported from the students’ teachers based on gender and age. Second period teachers were specifically chosen due to the fact that they knew the students for a longer period of time since they taught “core academic classes” (Evans, 2015). ADHD symptoms were assessed using the “Disruptive Behavior Disorder Checklist”, a ranking scale that consisted of six items was used to assess aggression levels, and peer rejection was assessed using a Teachers Report Form (Evans, 2015).
Based on the data obtained, the results showed that aggression plays a role in the relationship between symptoms of ADHD and peer rejection (Evans, 2015). The results showed that there were no significant gender differences in ADHD symptoms and aggressive behaviors. In addition, the researchers found that the participants with hyperactive-impulsive ADHD symptoms experience a higher level of not only aggression but peer rejection (Evans, 2015). This article clarifies that a possible explanation for these results is that hyperactive-impulsive behaviors are strongly linked with aggressive behaviors. Which in turn causes participants with these symptoms to experience more peer rejection since higher levels of aggression is linked to peer rejection.