Essay on Adhd Journal Article Review

1392 Words Dec 21st, 2015 6 Pages
Journal Article Review by Madison Goodpasture
Abnormal Psychology - 2230
December 9, 2015

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental condition that affects ~5-10% of children with symptoms such as inattentiveness, impulsiveness, and hyperactivity. While both children and adults can have ADHD, it is typically diagnosed in children around the age of seven. Along with inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness, ADHD is also thought to lead to other behavioral issues including substances use/abuse and addiction. Since ADHD can continue through adolescence and into adulthood, it is important to learn if this disorder puts individuals at risk substance use. The object of one study conducted by Brooke S.G. Molina and
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According to the study, ADHD children appeared to have more statistical risk for substance use for illicit drugs, and problems with alcohol, cigarettes, and marijuana use in their adolescence than non-ADHD children. Severe attention problems were found to be a predictor for drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana or cigarettes.

The article indicated that most studies on children and the influence of substance use are based on family, environment, influence, school, peer groups, income status, etc. and the first use predictors of substance use. They also pointed to the many studies of ADHD children and the long term course of ADHD into and through adulthood but the apparent lack of information if ADHD and conduct disorders can influence child substance use and maybe later abuse or dependency.

The article is a description of the study the authors conducted to compare drug use between teenagers diagnosed with ADHD in childhood with children without ADHD. Anti-social behaviors were also considered for influencing substance use. The authors open the article with both the issue of ADHD and the problem of substance use in school age children. They present the question of whether ADHD may be a viable precursor to substance use and substance us disorder (SUD). The authors identify the need for this type of research by citing previous studies that attempted to link

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