The efficacy of various types of stimulant medications as well as behavioral interventions for treatment of hyperactive children has been well established. The present study illustrates the use of single-subject methodology in deciding which treatment or combination of treatments is most appropriate for any given individual. Using an A B A C CD A1D CD design, the relative clinical effectiveness of dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) (B), methylphenidate (Ritalin) (C), behavioral self-control (D), and their combination was assessed in a hyperactive child. Assessment occurred across two response systems, behavioral and physiological. A combination of methylphenidate plus behavioral self-control procedures produced the most efficacious outcome. Results are discussed in terms of the usefulness of single-subject methodology in guiding the clinical decision-making process for an individual client.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||11|
|State||Published - Jun 1 1981|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health