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

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.


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