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November 1, 1976

Hyperactive Children: Diagnosis and Management

Author Affiliations

Indiana University School of Medicine Indianapolis

JAMA. 1976;236(18):2110. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270190064044

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The uniqueness of this contribution to the subject of hyperactivity stems from two sources. First, the authors stress the diversity and heterogeneity of hyperactive children. They do not take a dogmatic positivist stance and do continually stress the difficulties and confusion surrounding the condition of hyperactivity. Secondly, the bibliography is the most complete in an easily available form. The explanatory notes and discussions are presented in separate sections and are excellent. They do not clutter the flow of the main textual material.

The central core of hyperactivity, as presented by Drs Safer and Allen, is stated as follows: "... a better way of viewing the activity problem these children have is to state that they have difficulty modulating their activity level...." The major and minor features of inattentiveness, learning difficulties, behavior problems, impulsivity, and emotional deviance are not neglected but viewed as frequent but not necessarily associated aspects of hyperactivity.