Drug treatment of hyperactivity in children.


Journal Article

Recently-developed quantitative reviewing procedures were applied to 61 selected studies in order to explore the efficacy of pharmacological management for children identified as hyperactive. Analysis of effect-size information derived from the studies revealed that the average child receiving drug treatment was less hyperactive than 88.5 per cent of the control children. 30 per cent of this effect could be attributed to placebo phenomenon. The analysis also indicated that drug therapy had the most pronounced effect on dependent variables consisting of standardized or informal measures of behaviour and the least effect on measures of IQ and academic achievement. The advantages of quantitative reviewing methodology for adding clarity and consensus to complex bodies of literature are demonstrated and discussed.

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Cited Authors

  • Ottenbacher, KJ; Cooper, HM

Published Date

  • June 1, 1983

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 25 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 358 - 366

PubMed ID

  • 6347775

Pubmed Central ID

  • 6347775

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1469-8749

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0012-1622

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1469-8749.1983.tb13772.x


  • eng