Studying the epidemiology of ADHD in elementary schools was the aim of this study. A total of 501 pupils were selected out of 133082 pupils using the multistage stratified sampling technique.
The Arabic version of Conner's rating scale was used to assess their attention level. The study revealed that prevalence of ADHD among screened pupils was 19.56%. Second grade pupils had a significantly higher prevalence than 1st grades [23.62%, 15.38%, respectively, Z =2.002] . Insignificant differences were found as regards type of school [Z =1.47] , sex [X 2 =3.33] , average age [t =0.12] . However, a significant difference was observed between pupils with different scholastic achievement and ADHD where it is more significantly encountered among those with poor level [X4 2 =48.129] . Type of family, parent's education and fathers occupation were found to be significantly affecting prevalence of ADHD. In conclusion, a considerable proportion of elementary school pupils are suffering from ADHD. Family problems, low educational level of parents and low socioeconomic status as measured by parents occupation adversely affect attention of these pupils
S. Rashed ,
Epidemiologic study of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder[ADHD]in elementary schools in Alexandria Governorate,
Bull. Alex. Fac. Med. 1994;
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