ERIC Number: ED398467
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar-15
Assessing Comorbidities in Children with ADHD.
Gadow, Kenneth D.; Sprafkin, Joyce
Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who are referred for clinical evaluation commonly meet diagnostic criteria for other behavioral or emotional disorders or poor academic performance. Occasionally, the symptoms of two disorders are very similar, and the clinician must determine which disorder the patient actually has. Because emotional and behavioral disorders generally respond best to certain types of treatment and the presence of multiple problems greatly complicates clinical management, it is very important to accurately determine the type of disability a youngster is experiencing. It can be extremely difficult for parents to obtain comprehensive school, psychological and medical evaluations for their child because they simply do not have the financial resources to do so. Clinicians are also limited in the amount of time they can spend with patients given the costs associated with providing health care. One potential solution to this problem is a screening device for the symptoms of emotional and behavioral disorders that can be used to identify children who may require a more in-depth evaluation. Such a screening device has been developed based on research and clinical experiences evaluating comorbidities in children who were referred to a child psychiatry outpatient service. The Symptom Inventories contain separate instruments for three age groups: ages 3-6, 6-12, and 12-18. A brief overview is given of instruments found useful in screening children for ADHD. Contains 16 references. (TS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Association of School Psychologists Annual National Convention (Atlanta, GA, March 12-16, 1996).