Adults with ADHD benefit from cognitive-behaviorally oriented group rehabilitation: a study of 29 participants

J Atten Disord. 2008 Nov;12(3):218-26. doi: 10.1177/1087054707311657. Epub 2008 Jan 11.


Objective: In clinical practice, a growing need exists for effective nonpharmacological treatments of adult ADHD. The authors present results from a cognitive-behaviorally oriented psychological group rehabilitation for adult ADHD.

Method: A total of 29 adults with ADHD participated. Rehabilitation consisted of 10 or 11 weekly sessions. Participants were assessed with self-ratings (checklist for ADHD based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders , Beck Depression Inventory II, Symptom Check List-90 [SCL-90], Brown ADD Scale for Adults [BADDS]), and the ratings of their significant others (BADDS) 3 months prior to treatment, at the beginning of treatment, and at the end of treatment. Also, the Wender Utah Rating Scale questionnaire was completed prior to rehabilitation.

Results: Rehabilitation resulted in reduced self-reported symptoms in 16 ADHD-related items of SCL-90, BADDS total score, and BADDS subdomains of activation and affect.

Conclusion: Results suggest that cognitive-behavioral group rehabilitation can be suitable in treating adult ADHD.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity / diagnosis
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity / rehabilitation*
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity / therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / methods*
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Personality Inventory / statistics & numerical data
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales / statistics & numerical data
  • Psychometrics
  • Psychotherapy, Group / methods*
  • Psychotherapy, Group / statistics & numerical data
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Treatment Outcome