Emotional Intelligence in Children with ADHD

University of Calgary, School and Applied Child Psychology

The purpose of this study is to exmaine social perspective taking and emotional intelligence in children with ADHD. The study will involve your child completing puzzle-based, story-based, and questionnaire tasks relating to emotions and social interactions. The parent/guardian will complete a demographics questionnaire and a package of questionnaires relating to their child's thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. The research session will be conducted through an online video format that may be completed from the comfort of your home.

Your Impact

Understanding the relationship between theory of mind and emotional intelligence in children with ADHD may allow for the development of intervention programs to help strengthen social skills and associated emotional intelligence in this population.

Eligibility Criteria

All genders

8 to 12 years old

Diagnosis of ADHD

Study Tasks

Complete questionnaires about thoughts, feelings, behaviour
Solve puzzle-based tasks
Listen to social stories and answer questions about the characters feelings and experiences
View pictures of faces and eyes and answer questions about emotions


This study has been approved by the University of Calgary Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board.


Emotional Intelligence
Theory of mind
Social perspective taking

Activity and Time



Weeknights, Weekends

2 hours total, 1 session

Parents will also complete a package of quesitonnaires relating to their child's emotions, behaviour, and demographic information. Child participants will work one-on-one with a researcher to complete puzzle and story-based activities as well as answer questions about their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Sessions will be conducted through video call. Participants will get to select a $25 e-giftcard as a thank you for giving their time and effort to participate in the study.


$25 Chapters/Indigo, Apple I-Tunes Store, Toys R Us, Cineplex or Landmark Theatres gift card

E-gift cards will be sent after completion of the study as well as after all parent questionnaires have been completed and submitted.

Study Address

This study doesn't require any in-person visits. Complete it in the comfort of your own home!

You must be a resident in North America to join this study

Posting date: Dec 1, 2020

$25 Chapters/Indigo, Apple I-Tunes Store, Toys R Us, Cineplex or Landmark Theatres gift card