Youth Views on Communication About ADHD and Medication Adherence

Betsy Sleath, Delesha M. Carpenter, Robyn Sayner, Kathleen Thomas, Larry Mann, Adam Sage, Sandra H. Sulzer, Adrian D. Sandler

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine youth perceptions of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) communication with their pediatric providers, their reported adherence to their ADHD medications, and their desired location for an ADHD educational program. Youth ages 7 through 17 with an ADHD diagnosis were recruited. A research associate interviewed the youth. Parents completed demographic questionnaires. Seventy families participated. One-third of the youth wanted more discussion about ADHD with their providers during visits. The average youth had over eight questions about ADHD and its treatment. Most youth wanted to learn about ADHD at their provider’s office. Non-white and older youth were significantly more likely to be less adherent to their ADHD medications. Youth want their providers to engage them more during visits. Providers should take advantage of this interest to engage youth more in discussions regarding ADHD and its treatment during pediatric ADHD visits.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages438-444
Number of pages7
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Volume53
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2017

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Medication Adherence
Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity
Communication
ADHD
medication
communication
Pediatrics
Therapeutics
Parents
Demography
Research
Surveys and Questionnaires
communication disorder
educational program
parents
questionnaire

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Children
  • Communication
  • Medication adherence
  • Youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Youth Views on Communication About ADHD and Medication Adherence. / Sleath, Betsy; Carpenter, Delesha M.; Sayner, Robyn; Thomas, Kathleen; Mann, Larry; Sage, Adam; Sulzer, Sandra H.; Sandler, Adrian D.

In: Community Mental Health Journal, Vol. 53, No. 4, 01.05.2017, p. 438-444.

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Sleath, B, Carpenter, DM, Sayner, R, Thomas, K, Mann, L, Sage, A, Sulzer, SH & Sandler, AD 2017, 'Youth Views on Communication About ADHD and Medication Adherence' Community Mental Health Journal, vol 53, no. 4, pp. 438-444. DOI: 10.1007/s10597-016-0078-3
Sleath B, Carpenter DM, Sayner R, Thomas K, Mann L, Sage A et al. Youth Views on Communication About ADHD and Medication Adherence. Community Mental Health Journal. 2017 May 1;53(4):438-444. Available from, DOI: 10.1007/s10597-016-0078-3
Sleath, Betsy ; Carpenter, Delesha M. ; Sayner, Robyn ; Thomas, Kathleen ; Mann, Larry ; Sage, Adam ; Sulzer, Sandra H. ; Sandler, Adrian D./ Youth Views on Communication About ADHD and Medication Adherence. In: Community Mental Health Journal. 2017 ; Vol. 53, No. 4. pp. 438-444
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