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August 1980

Multimodality Treatment: A Two-Year Evaluation of 61 Hyperactive Boys

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Research (Dr Satterfield) and the Hyperkinetic Children's Clinic (Ms Satterfield), Gateways Hospital, Los Angeles; and the Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles (Drs Satterfield and Cantwell).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1980;37(8):915-919. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1980.01780210073007

• This study reports findings at the end of the second year of a three-year prospective study of 61 hyperactive boys. Individualized multimodality treatment plans commensurate with each child's disabilites were implemented by the research staff. Measures of the child's behavior at home and at school, academic performance, delinquent behavior, and emotional adjustment were obtained initially and at the end of each treatment year. The combination of a clinically useful medication in appropriate dosage schedules with relevant psychological treatments simultaneously directed to each of the child's many disabilities was associated with an unexpectedly good outcome at the end of one and two years. Whether this improvement will be maintained over a longer period of time and whether young adult outcome will be affected await further investigation.