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ERIC Number: EJ766639
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1063-4266
ADHD Treatment Patterns of Youth Served in Public Sectors in San Diego and Puerto Rico
Leslie, Laurel K.; Canino, Glorisa; Landsverk, John; Wood, Patricia A.; Chavez, Ligia; Hough, Richard L.; Bauermeister, Jose J.; Ramirez, Rafael
Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, v13 n4 p224-236 Win 2005
This article investigates geographic variation in stimulant medication use by youth with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) served by public mental health and/or drug and alcohol programs in San Diego (n = 790) during 1997-1998 and in Puerto Rico (n = 726) during 1998. Youth were stratified into four groups: (a) ADHD, (b) ADHD--not otherwise specified (ADHD-NOS), (c) other "DSM-IV" diagnoses, (d) no diagnosis. Reported rates of stimulant use were as follows: ADHD, 32.9% (Puerto Rico) and 38.8% (San Diego), and ADHD-NOS, 20.2% (Puerto Rico) and 17.8% (San Diego). Youth in San Diego were more likely to use other psychotropics and to have experienced residential or inpatient care compared with youth in Puerto Rico. A regression model indicated that predictors of stimulant use at both sites included ADHD, ADHD-NOS, male gender, and younger age. Despite sociodemographic and cultural differences, both settings demonstrated similar patterns of stimulant use, suggesting these medications are not overused in public sectors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Puerto Rico