ADHD and the Nature of Self-Control

ADHD and the Nature of Self-Control

by Russell A. Barkley PhD, ABPP, ABCN

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593852313
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 09/28/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 410
Sales rank: 648,192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Russell A. Barkley, PhD, ABPP, ABCN, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children and 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 ADHD, 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

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)


Researchers, students, and clinicians in clinical psychology, psychiatry, and neuropsychology, as well as other health care professionals interested in ADHD. May serve as supplementary reading for courses in child psychopathology, abnormal child psychology, and clinical neuropsychology.

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