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January 2002

Assessing Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder

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by Arthur D. Anastopoulos, PhD, and Terri L. Shelton, PhD, 349 pp, $45, ISBN 0-306-46388-1, New York, NY, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, 2001.


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Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2002;156(1):90-91. doi:

In their preface to this first edition, the authors state, "The overall goal of this text, therefore, is to provide child health care professionals and educators with a comprehensive set of practical, case-oriented, yet empirically based, guidelines for evaluating children and adolescents who exhibit symptoms of ADHD." Drawing on their rich background of clinical experience and scientific empiricism, Drs Anastopoulos and Shelton have provided all clinicians working with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) a gold standard reference for assessment and treatment. Emphasis is placed on scientific validity in making the diagnosis and in using a multimethod approach for treatment. The need to assess for comorbid conditions is also emphasized, and the importance of tailoring all treatment to the specific needs of each patient, rather than a one size fits all approach, is stressed. Throughout all the authors' recommendations for assessment and management there is constant reference to the medical literature and to the scientific validity of their program.

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