Navigation Links
Researchers estimate about 9 percent of US children age 8 to 15 meet criteria for having ADHD
Date:9/3/2007

An estimated 8.7 percent of U.S. children age 8 to 15 meet diagnostic criteria for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, but fewer than half receive treatment, according to a report in the September issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Despite widespread concern that the rate of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is on the rise, the national population-based prevalence of ADHD in U.S. children has not [previously] been firmly established, the authors write as background information in the article. ADHD is characterized by hyperactivity, impulsive behavior and an inability to pay attention to tasks; the condition affects social behaviors and achievement at school and work.

Tanya E. Froehlich, M.D., of Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center, and colleagues studied a group of 3,082 children designed to represent the entire population of 8- to 15-year-olds in the United States. Between 2001 and 2004, childrens parents or other caregivers were interviewed by phone and provided information about each childs ADHD symptoms, including when they first appeared and any impairment they caused during the previous year. They also reported whether their child had ever been diagnosed with ADHD or taken medicine to treat it, in addition to providing sociodemographic details.

Based on standard diagnostic criteria, 8.7 percent of the children (equivalent to 2.4 million children nationwide) fulfilled criteria for ADHD in the year prior to the survey. Hispanics were less likely than whites to have ADHD and boys were more likely than girls to meet criteria, although girls who did have ADHD were less likely to have their condition recognized. A total of 47.9 percent of the children who met ADHD criteria had previously been diagnosed with the condition.

The poorest one-fifth of children were more likely than the wealthiest one-fifth of children to have ADHD. Reasons for the increased likelihood of ADHD in poorer children may include the elevated prevalence of ADHD risk factors (i.e., premature birth and in utero or childhood exposures to toxic substances) in this group, the authors write. In addition, given the high heritability of ADHD and its negative impact on social, academic and career outcomes, it is plausible that families with ADHD may cluster within the lower socioeconomic strata.

Among children meeting criteria for ADHD, 39 percent had received some medication treatment and 32 percent were treated consistently with ADHD medications during the previous year. Despite the prevalence of ADHD in poorer children, they were least likely to receive medications consistently. This finding warrants further investigation and possible intervention to ensure that all children with ADHD have equitable access to treatment when appropriate, the authors conclude.


'/>"/>

Contact: Jim Feuer
513-636-4656
JAMA and Archives Journals
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Researchers urge caution in using ear tube surgery
2. Researchers Scale to assess the Severity of Epilepsy in Kids
3. Ecstasy shrinks brain!!-researchers unveil the secrets of MDMA.
4. New Hair in 15 Days Could Now Be A Possibility Say Researchers
5. Researchers at Cornell University as been reported using research fund by false claims
6. Researchers trick Alzheimers Enzyme
7. Researchers find new HIV hiding place
8. Gene researchers make Malaria-resistant mosquito
9. Researchers developed world’s smallest toothbrus
10. Researchers discover receptor cells that can cause epilepsy
11. 15 Anti-SARS Drugs Identified By China-Europe Team of Researchers
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/24/2017)... ... June 24, 2017 , ... Genes Advice, a ... in select Florida and Texas doctors' offices and clinics. This breakthrough testing is ... genetic testing recognizes the role genes play in determining an individual's tolerance of ...
(Date:6/24/2017)... ... , ... Doorknobs are for convenience, deadbolts are for security. , There are ... having an alarm system installed. But unless there is a working deadbolt lock that ... TX Premier Locksmith in Killeen, TX says: “In the majority of home burglaries, intruders ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... MA (PRWEB) , ... June 23, 2017 , ... ... Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), their proposed healthcare bill to repeal and replace the ... May, the Senate bill would make significant cuts to Medicaid, a public health ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... June 23, 2017 , ... Military Connection friend and veteran advocate ... JFK Virgin Atlantic lounge. , Bensko is no stranger to the plight of ... dedicated her life to supporting our wounded veterans. A world-class photographer, her riveting photos ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... June 23, 2017 , ... Ensuring meat ... new videos highlight the importance of correctly using a meat thermometer. The videos ... done extensive research on consumer food safety habits. Dr. Bruhn explains the variety ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/20/2017)... 19, 2017  Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HRC), will host ... on Friday, July 28, 2017, beginning at 7:30 a.m. (CDT) ... Dial-in information: To participate in the conference call, dial (877) ... call at least 10 minutes prior to the start to ... Webcast: A simultaneous webcast ...
(Date:6/14/2017)... 14, 2017  ivWatch LLC, a medical device company ... (IV) therapy, is pleased to announce it was the ... Hospital Supplies and Equipment at the 2017 Medical Design ... medtech industry. The award was presented by Medical Device ... Center in New York during ...
(Date:6/12/2017)... June 12, 2017 Kineta, Inc., a biotechnology company ... Kineta Vice President of R&D and Head of Virology ... Pandemic Preparedness for the Northwest and Beyond meeting sponsored ... June 14, 2017 from 8:30-10:30 AM PDT at the Agora ... Dr. Bedard will be joined by other leaders ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: