A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Group Intervention for Adolescents with Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder

Title: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Group Intervention for Adolescents with Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder

Description: The purpose of this study is to examine how well 3 types of treatment for ADHD compare to one another: 1) group cognitive behavioural and skills training therapy (CBT+S); 2) supportive group therapy (SGT); and 3) treatment as usual in the community. Once eligible, participation will involve being randomly assigned to receive 12 weeks of intervention in one of the 3 aforementioned groups. Parents of adolescents assigned to the two types of group therapy will also participate in 6 weeks of parent group therapy. Participants, parents and teachers will be asked to complete interviews and questionnaires pertaining to ADHD symptoms and various areas of functioning at baseline after medication stabilization (medication optional), after 12 weeks of group therapy and 4 and 8 months later. A coach will call each participant to help implement CBT strategies in daily life. For participants assigned to SGT, calls from coaches will deal with participant-elicited issues.

Specifics: Study Population: Adolescents (aged 13-17) with ADHD from the Greater Montreal area will be entered into the study. The study is open to both medicated and un-medicated adolescents. Participant Obligation:Patients participate in this study for approximately one year. Once eligible, participation includes optional medication titration, 12 weeks of therapy and 4 in-person assessments. Hechtman Adolescent CBT Study Flyer

Location: Montreal Children’s Hospital- McGill University Health Center in Montreal, Quebec.

Project lead: Dr. Lorne S. Cousins

Study Dates: October 20, 2005 to March 2, 2021