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J Atten Disord. 2008 Nov;12(3):207-17. doi: 10.1177/1087054707311666. Epub 2008 Jan 11.

Feasibility and preliminary efficacy of an after-school program for middle schoolers with ADHD: a randomized trial in a large public middle school.

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  • 1Youth and Family Research Program, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA. molinab@upmc.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This pilot study tests the feasibility and preliminary efficacy of an after-school treatment program for middle schoolers with ADHD using a randomized clinical trial design.

METHOD:

A total of 23 students with ADHD (25% female, 48% African American) from a large public middle school were randomly assigned to a 10-week program or to community comparison. Manualized treatment targeted educational, social, and recreational skills, homework completion, and school and home behavior. Parents participated.

RESULTS:

Recruitment and randomization targets were easily met (87% completion). Parent and teacher satisfaction was positive. Small to medium treatment effects resulted despite greater medication use in the control group, with improvements in functioning for the program-treated youth or absence of deterioration relative to the comparison group.

CONCLUSION:

Despite testing an abbreviated version of the after-school program (< 5 months), this study reveals feasibility and palatability for this intervention and modest beneficial effects on behavioral and academic outcomes.

PMID:
18192624
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