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Perspectivas em análise do comportamento

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LEONARDI, Jan Luiz  e  RUBANO, Denize Rosana. Empirical Foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis for the Treatment of Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Perspectivas [online]. 2012, vol.3, n.1, pp. 01-19. ISSN 2177-3548.

Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is characterized by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity, being the most common psychiatric disorder in childhood. In spite of most of ADHD cases choose stimulant drugs as their first treatment, applied behavior analysis has been used as a very successfully intervention tool on behaviors typically involved in this diagnosis. The present article reviews 40 years of publication of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA) on behavioral treatment of ADHD. All published journal numbers between 1968 and 2008 were consulted. The results enable the identification of several variables and their values and dimensions to which are necessary to pay attention to conduct the functional analysis that must precede the application of intervention procedures. Furthermore, the results show, in most cases, the procedures that dispense drug treatment and turn to installation and/or maintenance of relevant behaviors had more significant, intense and stable changes in the clinical picture presented by the participants of the studies.

Palavras-chave : attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder; ADHD; applied behavior analysis; review; Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

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