ERIC Number: ED224218
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
A Meta-Analysis of Previous Research on the Treatment of Hyperactivity. Final Report.
White, Karl R.; And Others
Using meta-analysis techniques, the study sought to identify, integrate, and synthesize the literature from 61 articles which review the efficacy of various treatments for hyperactive children. The major objectives were to determine if drugs can be used effectively with hyperactive children, what child and intervention characteristics covary with and/or influence intervention effectiveness, and what are the priorities and focus of future research efforts or those questions which need further investigation. The meta-analysis approach used for the project required locating all studies or a representative sample of all studies on a given topic, converting the results of each study to a common metric, coding the various characteristics of studies that might have affected the results, and using relational and descriptive statistical techniques to summarize study outcomes and examine the covariation of study characteristics with outcomes. Overall results of the study suggested that drugs are a moderately effective treatment for hyperactivity; however, a significant number of variables were identified in the analysis which require further research, including age of children and IQ. Among appendixes are references to and analysis of review articles, a coding sheet for efficacy of drug treatments for hyperactivity, coding conventions for efficacy of drug treatments for hyperactivity, and procedures for contacting authors for additional information. (Author/SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Utah State Univ., Logan. Exceptional Child Center.