1st Edition

Minimal Brain Dysfunction A Prospective Study

By Paul L. Nichols, Ta-Chuan Chen Copyright 1981

    The concept of Minimal Brain Dysfunction (a previous term for ADHD) has had a tumultuous, and some would say, checkered history. Originally published in 1981, this title was one of a series of volumes dealing with specific developmental problems in children whose mothers registered for prenatal care in the Collaborative Perinatal Project (NCPP) of the National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke (NINCDS). In this volume, relationships between symptoms of minimal brain dysfunction and more than 300 prenatal and postnatal variables are examined in a cohort of nearly 30,000 7-year-old children. Despite greater understanding more recently, diagnosis and treatment continue to cause controversy. This is an early investigation into the concept of MBD and its causes, today it can be read in its historical context.

    Foreword.  Preface.  1. Introduction  2. Minimal Brain Dysfunction Literature Review  3. The Collaborative Perinatal Project (NCPP) and Study Cohort  4. MBD Symptoms Among NCPP Children  5. Characteristics of Affected Groups  6. Associations with Antecedent Variables  7. Demographic and Maternal Characteristics  8. Pregnancy and Delivery Complications  9. The Neonatal and Infancy Periods  10. Preschool Characteristics  11. Concomitant and Medical History Variables  12. The Prediction of MBD Symptoms  13. Familial Associations  14. Supplementary Analyses  15. Overview.  Appendix 1: The Socioeconomic Status of the NCPP Population.  Appendix 2: Definitions of Individual Outcome Variables.  Appendix 3: Descriptive Statistics for Independent Variables.  Appendix 4: Statistical Procedure for Combining Institutional Data.  References.  Author Index.  Subject Index.


    Paul L. Nichols and Ta-Chuan Chen