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Preschool hyperactivity increases costs into early adulthood
  1. Martin Knapp
  1. Department of PSSRU, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK;

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ABSTRACT FROM: Chorozoglou M, Smith E, Koerting J, et al. Preschool hyperactivity is associated with long-term economic burden: evidence from a longitudinal health economic analysis of costs incurred across childhood, adolescence and young adulthood. J Child Psychol Psychiatry 2015;56:966–75.

What is already known on this topic

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is quite common in childhood, can have a major impact on the child and family and can be the source of problems that persist long into adulthood. Previous UK studies have shown long-term economic impacts through the effects on service utilisation1 and disrupted employment patterns.2 International evidence supports these associations across much of the life-course and demonstrates the high personal and social costs.3

Methods of the study

More than 4000 3-year-old children in southern England were assessed between 1989 and 1997 on a range of measures. Between …

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