DOI: 10.14704/nq.2017.15.4.1146

The Effectiveness of Verbal Self-instruction Program on the Symptoms of ADHD: Controlled Before and After Study

Zhenzi Sun

Abstract


The high prevalence of hyperactivity disorder and its related problems is the reason for the importance of seeking new therapies. Although several behavioral-cognitive models have been advocated in the literature, we are looking for research on what constitutes the most effective behavioral-cognitive model. Objectives: To determine the efficacy of verbal self-instruction program and to assess which component of the program was most predictive of decreasing the symptoms of ADHD in three medical and counseling centers in Hefei (China). Design: A randomized controlled clinical trial design was utilized with data before and after the program. Our sample consisted of 33 ADHD children admitted to the centers in March 2016. Results: The symptoms of ADHD were significantly reduced in the experimental group. Furthermore, perceived behavioral control increased in the experimental group but remained unchanged in the control group. Conclusion: The verbal self-instruction program was effective in decreasing the symptoms of ADHD.

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verbal self-instruction, ADHD, symptoms, children

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