Symptom prevalence of ADHD and ODD in a pediatric population in Argentina

Claudio Michanie, Gabriel Kunst, Daniel S Margulies, Aleksandra Yakhkind

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OBJECTIVE: To assess the prevalence of DSM III-R symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) in an outpatient pediatric population; to compare oppositional behavior and grade retention rates; and to establish local means and standard deviations (SD) for the ADHD rating scale.

METHOD: 300 children (149m, 151f; 6 to12 yrs) were evaluated for ADHD and ODD symptoms with the DuPaul and an author-designed rating scale, respectively. Scores 1.5 SD above the mean were considered positive for each disorder.

RESULTS: A total of 27 subjects (13m, 14f), 9%, had positive scores consistent with ADHD. These children had an oppositional behavior rate of 33.3% and a grade retention rate of 30.7%. Those who did not have positive scores for ADHD had a rate of 5.5% and 7.3%, respectively. The mean scores for the boys on the ADHD rating scale was 17.1 (SD = 8.6); the girls had a mean of 14.7 (SD = 7.3).

CONCLUSION: The prevalence rates in our study are similar to those found in other countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-7
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Attention Disorders
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2007


  • Argentina/epidemiology
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity/diagnosis
  • Attention Deficit and Disruptive Behavior Disorders/diagnosis
  • Child
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Prevalence
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Underachievement


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