New study indicates hyperactive girls need intensive prevention programs.
According to Nathalie Fontaine, lead researcher, not many studies have been done to examine hyperactivity and aggressive behaviour in girls. The study, involving 881 Canadian girls ages 6 to 21, showed that one girl in ten showed a high level of hyperactivity and one in ten was highly hyperactive and aggressive.
“This study shows that hyperactivity combined with aggressive behaviour in girls as young as six years old can lead to abusive relationships, trouble finding work and early pregnancies.” says Dr. Fontaine. She says the study suggests intensive programs of prevention in elementary school targeting girls should be created.