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ADHD and the Nature of Self-Controlby Russell A. Barkley
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Barkley (psychology, psychiatry, & neurology, U. of Massachusetts Medical Center) offers a counter to current conceptualizations of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, arguing that it is fundamentally a problem of self-control, and that inattention is a secondary characteristic. His hypotheses draw on neuropsychological research concerning the ability to delay one's response to external stimuli and the development of the executive functions involved in self-control. Implications for research and clinical practice are significant.
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This far-reaching work from renowned scientist-practitioner Russell A. Barkley provides a radical shift of perspective on ADHD. The volume synthesizes neuropsychological research and theory on the executive functions, illuminating how normally functioning individuals are able to bring behavior under the control of time and orient their actions toward the future. Meticulously applying this model to an examination of the cognitive and social impairments manifested in ADHD, Barkley offers compelling new directions for thinking about and treating the disorder. The paperback edition features a new afterword in which the author reflects on current research directions and the continuing evolution of his approach.
Includes bibliographical references (p.351-397) and index.
About the Author
Clinical practitioner, scientist, and educator, Russell A. Barkley, PhD, is Director of Psychology and Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. In 1978, he founded the Neuropsychology Service at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Milwaukee Children's Hospital and served as its Chief until 1985. Since then, he has established the clinics for both child and adult Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, where he continues to conduct numerous ongoing studies of this disorder. The author of Taking Charge of ADHD, Dr. Barkley's other publications include Defiant Children, Second Edition, ADHD and the Nature of Self-Control, and several acclaimed video programs on ADHD and childhood defiance. He is coeditor of Treatment of Childhood Disorders, Second Edition, and editor of the newsletter the ADHD Report. He also serves on the editorial boards of five scientific journals and as a consulting reviewer for numerous others. The recipient of the C. Anderson Aldrich Award for child development research from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Barkley has presented more than 500 invited public lectures, professional workshops, and scientific addresses internationally. In 1988 he was President of the Section of Clinical Child Psychology, Division 12 of the American Psychological Association, and in 1991 he served as President of the International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology. Dr. Barkley has appeared on a special prime time edition of Good Morning America and on Eye to Eye (with Connie Chung).
Russell A. Barkley, PhD, is Director of Psychology and Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. In 1978, he founded the Neuropsychology Service at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Milwaukee Children's Hospital and served as its Chief until 1985. Since then, he has established the clinics for both child and adult Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, where he continues to conduct ongoing research. The author of numerous widely acclaimed books and video programs, Dr. Barkley is editor of the newsletter The ADHD Report.
Table of Contents
1. The Nature of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
2. Biological Etiologies Associated with ADHD
3. Defining Behavioral Inhibition, Self-Control, and Executive Function
4. Behavioral Inhibition and ADHD
5. Neuropsychological Views of the Executive Functions: The Origins of a Hybrid Model
6. Additional Evidence Supporting the Existence of the Executive Functions
7. Constructing the Hybrid Model of Executive Functions
8. Developmental Considerations: Self-Control as an Instinct
9. Extending the Hybrid Model of Executive Functions to ADHD
10. Evidence Supporting Executive Function Deficits in ADHD
11. Understanding ADHD and Self-Control: Social and Clinical Implications
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