Caribbean Journal of Psychology: Volume 1, Issue 1

Article 2
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Aggression in Jamaican Students

Scott W. Minor
Garth Lipps
Patricia Prescott
Doneisha Burke
Don-Marie Holder
University of the West Indies, Mona

Ganesh Shetty
Kathleen Lamb
University of Technology, Mona


The Government of Jamaica has targeted reduction of aggressive and violent behavior as a national priority. Recent research suggests that a childhood history of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may be one intervening variable influencing the expression of adult aggressive and criminal behavior. Consistent with previous research in the United States, this present study found that both male and female college students, who were identified as ADHD on the Wender Utah Rating Scale, reported more physical aggression, anger and hostility. The results are consistent with contemporary theories of ADHD and aggression that focus on the importance of low self-control and difficulties with response inhibition.