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Parents invited to take part in innovative new ADHD study

Published: 4 May 2012

Parents of children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are being invited to take part in an innovative research project designed to help parents and overactive children.

The Comparison of Preschool Parenting Interventions (COPPI) trial is the final project in a five-year research initiative for early detection and intervention of ADHD being carried out at the University of Southampton.

The trial, starting the week of 14 May, will be carried out over the next two years and hopes to recruit from about 100 families from Southampton.

The trial is inviting parents/main caregivers aged 18 years or older of children aged 2 years 9 months to 4 years 6 months with significant levels of overactive/hyperactive or inattentive behaviour to participate in this research, to find out how effective two different parenting programmes – the New Forest Parenting Programme (NFPP) and Incredible Years (IY) – are in helping such families.

Dr Margaret Thompson, the Clinical Lead of the COPPI trial (Honorary Reader in Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at the University of Southampton and Solent NHS Trust), says:

“Childhood ADHD and other behaviour disorders represent a major long-term burden to children, families and the community at large. Children with ADHD produce higher costs in educational and health sectors through more contact with emergency services, outpatient clinics and health care providers.

“Early identification and treatment may help reduce these costs and burden to families/ society and represent a promising therapeutic approach for ADHD.”

For further information about the study and to take part in a short interview to see if your family is eligible for inclusion in the study, please contact the COPPI trial team at the University of Southampton on 02380 596 652/592 358 or by mobile on 078252 56663 or by email or visit the Facebook page.

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