The hyperactive child syndrome

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Science  28 Sep 1979:
Vol. 205, Issue 4413, pp. 1348-1354
DOI: 10.1126/science.472752


The behavioral characteristics of the hyperactive child are described at different stages of development. Recent and sometimes controversial research findings are discussed with respect to prevalence, etiology, treatment, and outcome. It is concluded that this syndrome can best be understood in terms of interactions between social, psychological, and biological variables.