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J Atten Disord. 2008 Nov;12(3):218-26. doi: 10.1177/1087054707311657. Epub 2008 Jan 11.

Adults with ADHD benefit from cognitive-behaviorally oriented group rehabilitation: a study of 29 participants.

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  • 1Rinnekoti Research Centre, Finland.



In clinical practice, a growing need exists for effective nonpharmacological treatments of adult ADHD. The authors present results from a cognitive-behaviorally oriented psychological group rehabilitation for adult ADHD.


A total of 29 adults with ADHD participated. Rehabilitation consisted of 10 or 11 weekly sessions. Participants were assessed with self-ratings (checklist for ADHD based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders , Beck Depression Inventory II, Symptom Check List-90 [SCL-90], Brown ADD Scale for Adults [BADDS]), and the ratings of their significant others (BADDS) 3 months prior to treatment, at the beginning of treatment, and at the end of treatment. Also, the Wender Utah Rating Scale questionnaire was completed prior to rehabilitation.


Rehabilitation resulted in reduced self-reported symptoms in 16 ADHD-related items of SCL-90, BADDS total score, and BADDS subdomains of activation and affect.


Results suggest that cognitive-behavioral group rehabilitation can be suitable in treating adult ADHD.

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