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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 104-107

Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Primary School Going Children

1 Dept of Pediatrics, MGIMS, Sewagram, India
2 Dept of Pediatrics, JNMC, Sawangi (Meghe), Wardha, India

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Varsha Chauhan
Dept of Pediatrics, MGIMS, Sewagram<
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The aim was to know the prevalence of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD) among primary school children in the rural India. 609 children participated in a study using the 4th edition of the American Psychiatric Association‘s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV). We explained teachers DSM-IV Diagnostic Criteria in their local language. Questionnaire was given to teachers who were observing the child for more than 6 months. Depending on teacher evaluation every item was scored on a scale. Those children score more than 6 were having symptoms of ADHD and included in study. The data reveal that out of 609 children, 44 children (29 boys and 15 girls) scored above the cut off for ADHD, giving prevalence of 7.2%. Children who have a higher score for ADHD symptoms have school performance poorer than those with lower scores. The study concludes that ADHD is found to be a common problem among school children in rural India.

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