Implications of Changes for the Field: ADHD

Margaret H. Sibley, James G. Waxmonsky, Jessica A. Robb, William E. Pelham

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This article provides a thorough discussion of the proposed DSM-5 changes and their implications for current and future approaches to assessment, identification, and service delivery for children and adolescents with ADHD. Educational and clinical implications are discussed with special attention to the individual impact of the changes, diagnostic prevalence rates, and associated societal costs. Developmental period is considered as an important factor in the potential impact of the DSM-5 changes. The authors conclude that the DSM-5 proposed revisions may improve diagnostic sensitivity and specificity; yet the overall impact of these changes remains largely unknown as many were not empirically validated. The authors suggest that the cumulative impact of the set of changes be considered when finalizing the DSM-5 revisions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-42
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Learning Disabilities
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • General Health Professions


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