Parents’ Goals Affect Choice of Medication vs. Behavior Therapy


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].