Title

Parental Etiological Explanations and Longitudinal Medication Use for Youths with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-20-2013

Keywords

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; Medication; Explanatory etiologies; Mental health; Beliefs; YouthChild; Adolescent

Abstract

Due to the need to increase understanding of factors associated with medication usage for youth with ADHD, this study examined parental explanatory etiologies in relationship to psychotropic medication use in a sample of youth who met criteria for ADHD and utilized outpatient specialty mental health services in the previous year. When examined cross-sectionally, medication usage was positively associated with parental explanatory etiologies related to physical causes and negatively associated with those involving sociological causes. Longitudinal analyses did not show a significant effect of Time 1 parental explanatory etiologies on the slope of medication use, suggesting that the relationship between Time 1 parental explanatory etiologies and medication usage remains stable over time for those who have had past year involvement with outpatient specialty mental health services.

Publication Title

Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research

Volume

41

First Page

401

Last Page

409

DOI

10.1007/s10488-013-0477-5

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