USF St. Petersburg campus Honors Program Theses (Undergraduate)


Sara F. Freeman

First Advisor

Kim Stoddard, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Raymond 0. Arsenault, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Joy Clingman, Ph.D.


University of South Florida St. Petersburg

Document Type


Date Available

April 2012

Publication Date


Date Issued

December 1997


Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) afflicts many children, as well as adults, and can be damaging to a child's well being. As a result, physicians and researchers have invested a great deal of time in investigation [of] the reasons so many children suffer from the disorder. Additionally, searching for a cure has consumed much time and effort. While this goal has not yet been accomplished, researchers have made great advances towards alleviating the symptoms of the disorder. Recently, research has focused on multimodal therapy as an option. Consequently, the child with ADD has several treatments, or combination of treatments, from which to choose. Chapter One begins with a discussion of the recent controversy surrounding ADD. It continues with a case study in which a young boy named Al is diagnosed with the disorder. His treatment will be described in chapter four. This chapter also include[s] the history of the discovery of ADD, followed by a list of both primary and secondary symptoms experienced by ADD sufferers. The second chapter describes several treatment options that children with ADD may find beneficial, as well as each treatment's effectiveness. These therapies include medication behavior modification, cognitive therapy, cognitive-behavioral treatment, and psychological counseling. Chapter Three outlines the reasons behind choosing a multimodal therapy. Additionally, this chapter discusses research conducted on the combination of treatments. Chapter Four then describes Al's treatment, which demonstrated how effective multimodal therapy was for him, and m[a]y be for others.


A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University Honors Program, University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

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