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ERIC Number: EJ937739
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1077-7229
An Evaluation of a Summer Treatment Program for Adolescents with ADHD
Sibley, Margaret H.; Pelham, William E.; Evans, Steven W.; Gnagy, Elizabeth M.; Ross, J. Megan; Greiner, Andrew R.
Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, v18 n4 p530-544 Nov 2011
Although adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) experience serious life impairment (Molina et al., 2009; Wolraich et al., 2005), very few effective psychosocial interventions exist to treat this population (Pelham & Fabiano, 2008; Smith, Waschbusch, Willoughby, & Evans, 2000). Intensive child-directed interventions are an important component in the treatment of childhood ADHD (Pelham et al., 2005), yet no study exists that fully evaluates an intensive adolescent-directed intervention. The current investigation is a pilot study of 19 adolescents with ADHD (age range: 11-16) who participated in an 8-week intensive Summer Treatment Program-Adolescent (STP-A) during the summer of 2009. The program was developed to address specific difficulties associated with ADHD in adolescence. As such, the program was designed to be ecologically valid, age appropriate, and parent-involved. Results suggest that almost all adolescents who attended the STP-A benefitted from the program according to parent, self, and staff ratings and objective measures. These ratings also indicated that participants showed moderate improvement in each of the 6 domains targeted by treatment (i.e., conduct problems, adult-directed defiance, social functioning, inattention/disorganization, mood/well-being, and academic skills). All parents indicated that both they and their children benefitted from the program and all but 1 parent indicated that the STP-A was more effective than the treatments they had utilized in the past. A case example is presented to illustrate typical improvement patterns during the STP-A. Discussion addresses the role of the STP-A in the treatment of ADHD in adolescence. (Contains 4 figures and 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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