Evolution and revolution in child psychiatry: ADHD as a disorder of adaptation.

  title={Evolution and revolution in child psychiatry: ADHD as a disorder of adaptation.},
  author={Peter S. Jensen and David A. Mrazek and Penelope Krener Knapp and Laurence D. Steinberg and Cynthia R. Pfeffer and John E. Schowalter and Theodore Shapiro},
  journal={Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry},
  volume={36 12},
          1672-9; discussion 1679-81
  • P. JensenD. Mrazek T. Shapiro
  • Published 1 December 1997
  • Psychology
  • Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
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