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Epidemiological Study of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Among School Children in the United Arab Emirates

Valsamma Eapen, Abdel Azim Mabrouk, Taoufik Zoubeidi, Sufyan Sabri, Saeed Yousef, Jameela Al-Ketbi, Thahani Al-Kyomi, Mona Essa Jakka
Published in : Journal of Medical Sciences ; Vol 2, No 3 (2009)
DOI : 10.2174/1996327000902030119

Abstract


Background: While extensive research data is available on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) from industrialized countries, very few studies have been undertaken in the developing countries including the Arab world.

Methods: A representative random sample of school children aged 5 to 16 years was evaluated for the prevalence of ADHD using the Conner Parent and Teacher Scale in Dubai, Al-Ain and Ras Al- Khaima to represent the urban, semi-urban and rural population of UAE.

Results: The rate of ADHD was 4.1% as per the parent report and 3.4% as per the teacher report. Children with ADHD were noted to have a range of psychiatric co-morbidity.

Conclusion: Our findings suggest the importance of comprehensive and early screening program for ADHD and we hope that this data on the prevalence and associated factors can provide the basis for setting priorities and designing interventions.


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