n South African Journal of Education - Application possibilities of the Mesulam Continuous Performance Test as a diagnostic screening device for Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)




Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has been researched for many years from many diverse perspectives. This multidisciplinary interest in the disorder has resulted in diverse and often contrasting theories regarding its aetiology, diagnosis, and treatment. Unfortunately this has led often to inadequate diagnostic and intervention practices. The aim of this research was to determine whether the Mesulam Continuous Performance Test could be applied as a user-friendly, but reliable, diagnostic screening device in the process of identifying children with ADHD. A sample consisting of a diagnosed group of ADHD learners and a control group of non-diagnosed learners was drawn from the 6-10 year old learner population of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Area. Both groups were subjected to the Mesulam Continuous Performance Test. Statistical analysis of the results yielded the following conclusions: the test discriminated effectively between ADHD and non-ADHD learners and the test can be used as a reliable diagnostic screening device during the process of identifying ADHD learners.


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