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Monitoring children with ADHD medication

Arkew, Mulugeta (2009) Monitoring children with ADHD medication.

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Abstract:A measurement instrument has been developed with the purpose of measuring the status of children diagnosed with ADHD. The instrument consists of 20 items, among others asking about the child’s feeling at home, school, and other important areas. The outcomes of the test are used to facilitate the communication between parents and medical doctors. Parents are the main observers of the child’s behaviour and their observations are needed to optimize the treatment including the type and the right medication dose. The questionnaire is used to regulate and optimize the parents’ observations. A factor analysis identified two interpretable scales where one scale concerns social isolation and the second scale concerns ineffectiveness of therapy. The internal consistency of the item responses was assessed via Cronbach’s α, and showed that for each scale a common construct was reliably measured. The unidimensionality of both scales was assessed by the ratio of the first eigenvalue to the second. The parent’s observations of the child’s behavior are extremely important in establishing a proper treatment for the child diagnosed with ADHD. The questionnaire is an important instrument for controlling the parent’s observations and will further improve the medical treatment of the child.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:81 education, teaching
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/60592
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