Abnormal Child & Adolescent Psychology

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8. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Learning Objectives

Describe the key features of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and how the signs and symptoms of

this disorder vary from early childhood through adulthood.


Identify problems associated with ADHD and how these problems vary as a function of children’s age and gender.


Discuss some of the main causes of ADHD and differentiate among the three neural pathways that underlie the



Summarize Russell Barkley’s neurodevelopmental model for ADHD.

Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of medication and psychosocial therapy for the treatment of

ADHD in children, adolescents, and young adults.

Note: The number before each objective shows its corresponding module in the text.


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Test Your Critical Thinking

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Psychosocial Treatment

Dr. William Pelham (Florida International University) discusses evidence-based psychosocial treatments for children with ADHD.

Medication for ADHD

Dr. James Waxmonsky (FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine) describes effective medications for youths with ADHD. 

Summer Treatment Program

There are several evidence-based, summer treatment programs for youths with ADHD around the United States. This video shows the STP at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

Learn More

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Medication Guide

The AACAP website contains an excellent guide, written for parents, that discusses medication used to treat ADHD in children and adolescents. The guide provides up-to-date information about medication options and safety.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A good place to begin searching the web for information about ADHD is the CDC webpage, maintained by the US Department of Health and Human Services. Try investigating the “Resources” and “Publications” links.

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

CHADD is one of the best-known organizations serving individuals with ADHD and their families. CHADD sponsors research and an annual convention, assists practitioners and families with treatment, and advocates for children, adolescents, and adults with ADHD. Their website offers a wide range of information and links including streaming videos and the National Resource Center on ADHD, a clearinghouse for ADHD research.

Consumer Reports: ADHD Medication Review

This interesting site provides the results of a detailed survey completed by Consumer Reports. It provides self-report data from families whose children use prescription medications to treat ADHD. Specifically, it provides information about the costs, effectiveness, and side effects of these mediations from the perspective of families that use them.