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Via 100 entries, 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook highlights the most important topics, issues, questions, and debates any student obtaining a degree in the field of psychology ought to have mastered for effectiveness in the 21st century. This two-volume reference resource, available both in print and online, provides an authoritative source to serve students’ research needs with more detailed information than encyclopedia entries but without the jargon, detail, or density found in a typical journal article or a research handbook chapter. Students will find chapters contained within these volumes useful as aids toward starting research for papers, presentations, or a senior thesis, assisting in deciding on areas for elective coursework or directions for graduate studies, or orienting themselves toward potential career directions in psychology.

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Myth or Mental Disorder?
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: Myth or mental disorder?

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the current term in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR; American Psychiatric Association [APA], 2000; see Chapter 79 for a review of the DSM) to classify individuals exhibiting persistent, pervasive, developmentally inconsistent, and maladaptive levels of inattention and/or hyperactivity and impulsivity. ADHD is one of the most common referral concerns to health care providers and one of the most common childhood psychiatric disorders (Barkley, 2006). Evidence of ADHD symptomatology persisting beyond childhood has resulted in a dramatic increase in adult referrals and clinical/empirical literature involving this population. Literally hundreds of articles are published each year addressing a vast array of issues pertaining to this intriguing and sometimes ...

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