Effects of Focalin on Children Under 10 Research Paper

Effects of Focalin on Children Under 10
An analysis of the effects and side effects of Focalin intake among children, ages 10 and under, with ADHD.
# 103048 | 3,028 words | 21 sources | APA | 2007 | US

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This paper aims to determine the extent of available information on the effectiveness of the drug known as Focalin to children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It identifies the additional knowledge still required for ADHD treatment and seeks to contribute to this knowledge gap by investigating the effects and side effects of Focalin intake among actual children, ages 10 and under, with ADHD. The paper contains an annotated bibliography and data analysis.

Table of Contents:
Literature Review
ADHD and Criminal Justice
ADHD Treatment
Treating ADHD with Focalin
Implications of Literature on Research & Criminal Justice

From the Paper:

"Although it is recognized that drugs when combined with behavior therapy contributes to the treatment of ADHD, limited studies have been conducted on the long-term effect of certain drugs on children with ADHD or the overall effectiveness of particular drugs. Biederman, Spencer and Wilens (2004, p. 300) provide that although many researches indicate the apparent effectiveness of dexmethylphenidate, the core component of Focalin, in improving the behavior of children with ADHD, the results of their study indicate different effects on children of different ages and comorbidities causing the researchers to recommend further research on this aspect to enhance knowledge on ADHD, drug treatment, and implications on long-term behavior.
In a later study, McGough, Pataki and Suddath (2005) found that dexmethylphenidate intake indicates that based on clinical trials of drug intake among children there was a reported significant improvement in terms of the children's academic and behavior ratings. Apart from the positive effects, the Focalin component was also satisfactorily tolerated by the children indicating on its safety as a drug for long-term use. Although there are also side effects such as loss of appetite and insomnia, the drug commands acceptable levels of tolerability among children with ADHD with extended drug intake."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Abram, K.M., Teplin, L.A., McClelland, G.M. & Dulcan, M.K. (2003). Comorbid Psychiatric Disorders in Youth in Juvenile Detention. Archives of General Psychiatry. 60(11), pp. 1097-1108.
  • Alasuutari, P. (2004). The Globalization of Qualitative Research. In C. Seale et al., Qualitative Research Practice. (pp. 595-608). London: SAGE Publications.
  • Barkley, R. (2004). Adolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: An Overview of Empirically Based Treatments. Journal of Psychiatric Practice. 10(1), pp. 39-56.
  • Biederman, J., Faraone, S., Taylor, A., Sienna, M. & Williamson, S. (1998). Diagnostic Continuity between Child and Adolescent ADHD: Findings from a Longitudinal Clinical Sample. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. 37(3), pp. 305-313.
  • Biederman, J., Spencer, T. & Wilens, T. (2004). Evidence-based pharmacotherapy for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. The International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology. 7, pp. 77-97.

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