Evaluation of a Demystification Workshop for Adolescents with ADHD

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Trudel-Best, Erin
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The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a demystification workshop for adolescents with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The goal of the workshop was to increase adolescents’ knowledge of ADHD and enhance opinions of evidence-based treatments. Twenty-five grade seven to nine students participated in the study. Main findings showed that adolescents’ knowledge of treatments for ADHD significantly increased and their opinions of pharmacological treatments were more favorable immediately following the workshop. Follow-up analyses revealed that gains in knowledge were maintained over a period of one to two weeks, while changes in opinions were not. Following the workshop, adolescents were able to identify (1) more environments wherein ADHD made it difficult for them to stay out of trouble, (2) a greater number of adults in their lives who are able to help them with their ADHD, and (3) more ways they can help themselves manage their ADHD symptoms. These findings were still evident at follow-up. Overall, most participants rated the workshop as a positive learning experience. The demystification workshop was an effective means of sharing information about ADHD with adolescents; however, more research is needed to determine how to maximize the amount of information acquired by participants and maintain gains over time.
Nova Scotia , Education (Middle school) , Treatment , Attitudes , Education , Evaluation , Behavior modification , Attention-deficit/hyper-activity disorder , Study and teaching , Attention-deficit disorder , Children