Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Malcolm H. Robertson

Second Advisor

Dr. Chris Koronakos

Third Advisor

Dr. Dale M. Brethower

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The purpose of the present thesis is to evaluate the hyperactive child in a manner that true hyperactivity will not be confused with hyperactive behaviors which are caused by illnesses, stress at school, stress at home, and with normal childhood energy.

No two hyperactive children are alike. They vary in personality, problems, strengths, weaknesses, and environment. In general, hyperactive children are said to have several common characteristics such as poor performance in school, short attention spans, impulsiveness, poor motor control, low frustration levels, and an inability to delay gratification of needs and demands.

Clinical experience reveals that most hyperactive children have multiple problems. Hyperactive children usually have a combination of metabolic, nutritional, or allergy problems along with motor and perceptional difficulties, poor discipline methods, and environmental stress.

A multi-approach to treatment is recommended in order to increase the feelings of self-worth within each member of the family.