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A Systematic Review Of The Literature On The Association Between Evidence-based ADHD Treatment And Later Adolescent/adult Substance Abuse

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dc.contributor.author Higgins, Jaime en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-07-19T19:54:32Z
dc.date.available 2010-07-19T19:54:32Z
dc.date.issued 2010-07-19
dc.date.submitted January 2010 en_US
dc.identifier.other DISS-10585 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10106/4873
dc.description.abstract Objective: There has been much controversy over prescribing stimulant medication to treat the symptoms of childhood Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This study aims to explore the relationship between prescribing stimulant and non-stimulant medication for the treatment of childhood ADHD and future substance abuse in adolescents and young adulthood. Method: A systematic review of all ten studies that met inclusion criteria was conducted testing whether stimulant treatment of ADHD reduces or increases the risk for future substance use, abuse and dependency. Results: Ten studies were critically appraised for high methodological quality. ADHD was found to be a high risk for subsequent substance use disorders. Stimulant treatment of ADHD in childhood was not found to increase the risk for substance use and, in fact, demonstrated a statistically significant protective effect against the development of future SUD in four out of the six studies. Conclusion: This study found that evidence-based treatment of ADHD in childhood does not increase the risk of substance abuse and does in fact protect individuals from developing SUDs in adolescents and young adulthood. Furthermore this study has found a need for future research to be conducted in this area of study. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Smith-Osborne, Alexa en_US
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.publisher Social Work en_US
dc.title A Systematic Review Of The Literature On The Association Between Evidence-based ADHD Treatment And Later Adolescent/adult Substance Abuse en_US
dc.type M.S. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeChair Smith-Osborne, Alexa en_US
dc.degree.department Social Work en_US
dc.degree.discipline Social Work en_US
dc.degree.grantor University of Texas at Arlington en_US
dc.degree.level masters en_US
dc.degree.name M.S. en_US
dc.identifier.externalLink https://www.uta.edu/ra/real/editprofile.php?onlyview=1&pid=1341
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