Parents’ Goals Affect Choice of Medication vs. Behavior Therapy

Kermit Cole
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Researchers find that parents who are focused on their child’s academic achievement are twice as likely to start the child on ADHD medications as are parents with a goal of improved behavior and interpersonal relationships, who are more likely to turn to behavior therapy. The study was released yesterday in the journal Pediatrics.

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Fiks, A., Mayne, S., DeBartolo, E., Power, T., Guevara, J.; Parental Preferences and Goals Regarding ADHD Treatment. Pediatrics. Online September 2, 2013.

Parents’ ADHD goals tied to treatment choices: study (Reuters)

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]

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