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Doctor of Philosophy - School Psychology
Dr. Luis Aguerrevere
Dr. Nina Ellis-Hervey
Dr. Elaine Turner
Dr. Laura Cooper
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most prevalent neurodevelopmental disorders across the world. Currently, treatment for ADHD mostly consists of either medication or behavioral therapy or a combination of both. However, research has shown that medication used as therapy for the treatment of ADHD has side effects which parents deem undesirable for their children. Therefore, recent research has focused on patient and parent preferences. Studies have found that behavioral or other treatment options may often be chosen over medications. These same studies have documented the characteristics of parents that prefer certain treatments for their children. The purpose of this study is to investigate parent treatment preferences as it relates to medication and brain-based treatment options. The results of a treatment preference survey describe three groups of parents, Medication-Based, Brain-Based, and Open parents. Results were also indicative of certain factors that influence parent treatment choice for their children with ADHD. This study seeks to provide clinicians with a better understanding of patient and parent preferences, how to navigate presenting new treatment options, and to provide information on parents’ willingness to choose brain-based or other treatments for their children.
Recio-Swift, Rebecca, "Medication Versus Brain-Based Treatment: Evaluation Treatment Preferences of Parents of Children with ADHD" (2021). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 399.
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