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Parent training improved maternal wellbeing and reduced attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms in children

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QUESTION: In 3 year old children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), how effective are parent based therapies?


Randomised {allocation concealed}*, blinded (outcome assessors), controlled trial with 23 weeks of follow up.


Community based study in the UK.


78 three year old children (62% boys) who met the validated cut off for ADHD on the Parental Account of Childhood Symptoms (PACS) ADHD/Hyperkinesis scale and whose parents reported that the child's condition warranted treatment. Exclusion criteria were serious mental illness or learning disability in a parent or a previous diagnosis of a mental health condition. 7 children withdrew …

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  • Source of funding: National Health Service Research and Development Committee.

  • For correspondence: Dr E J Sonuga-Barke, Department of Psychology, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK. Fax +44 (0)2380 594597.