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ADHD and the Nature of Self-Control

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ISBN 9781593852313
Published January 5, 2006 by Guilford Press
410 Pages

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Book Description

This far-reaching work from renowned scientist-practitioner Russell A. Barkley provides a radical shift of perspective on ADHD. The volume synthesizes neuropsychological research and theory on the executive functions, illuminating how normally functioning individuals are able to bring behavior under the control of time and orient their actions toward the future. Meticulously applying this model to an examination of the cognitive and social impairments manifested in ADHD, Barkley offers compelling new directions for thinking about and treating the disorder. The paperback edition features a new afterword in which the author reflects on current research directions and the continuing evolution of his approach.

Table of Contents

1. The Nature of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
2. Biological Etiologies Associated with ADHD
3. Defining Behavioral Inhibition, Self-Control, and Executive Function
4. Behavioral Inhibition and ADHD
5. Neuropsychological Views of the Executive Functions: The Origins of a Hybrid Model
6. Additional Evidence Supporting the Existence of the Executive Functions
7. Constructing the Hybrid Model of Executive Functions
8. Developmental Considerations: Self-Control as an Instinct
9. Extending the Hybrid Model of Executive Functions to ADHD
10. Evidence Supporting Executive Function Deficits in ADHD
11. Understanding ADHD and Self-Control: Social and Clinical Implications
Afterword (2005)

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Russell A. Barkley, PhD, ABPP, ABCN, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. Dr. Barkley has worked with children, adolescents, and families since the 1970s and is the author of numerous bestselling books for both professionals and the public, including Taking Charge of ADHD and Your Defiant Child. He has also published six assessment scales and more than 280 scientific articles and book chapters on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, executive functioning, and childhood defiance, and is editor of the newsletter The ADHD Report. A frequent conference presenter and speaker who is widely cited in the national media, Dr. Barkley is past president of the Section on Clinical Child Psychology (the former Division 12) of the American Psychological Association (APA), and of the International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology. He is a recipient of awards from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the APA, among other honors. His website is


"This is a masterful synthesis of what we know about ADHD from the clinic and the laboratory. Dr. Barkley's focus on the failure of hyperactive children and adults to inhibit their behavior has major and useful implications for diagnosis and treatment. This book will make a lasting contribution."--Judith Rapoport, MD

"Kudos to Russell Barkley for his courage and tenacity in producing this elegant and eloquent synthesis of facts and concepts about ADHD. Besides being a landmark work of neuropsychiatric importance, this book is a great example of the best in scientific thought, bursting with a joyful creativity that is grounded in but not constricted by accumulated knowledge and conventional wisdom."--Martha Bridge Denckla, MD

"An important theoretical contribution that will generate a great deal of research interest. More importantly, the new clinical approaches that stem from this framework may be of significant immediate and long-term benefit to our patients."--Lily Hechtman, MD, FRCP, McGill University