Back to:
Current year's news releases

All news releases
News and information home

Use of Psychiatric Medication on Children
Is 'Let's Do Lunch' Topic

RELEASED: July 19, 2005

Dr. William Frankenberger
Photo by Rick Mickelson, TLTDC

EAU CLAIRE — Recent findings from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Child and Adolescent Research Institute relating to the use of psychiatric medication for treatment of school-aged children will be the topic of a July 27 luncheon presentation hosted by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association.

Dr. William Frankenberger, professor of psychology and co-director of the school psychology program at UW-Eau Claire, will give a presentation from noon to 1 p.m. at Sweetwaters restaurant. Frankenberger's talk, titled "Treating Children with Psychiatric Disorders: Is Medication Enough?," is part of the Alumni Association's "Let's Do Lunch" series.

The presentation is based on the research by the university's Child and Adolescent Research Institute, which has examined types and rates of medication used to treat children for psychiatric disorders, the effects and concerns associated with the use of medication, and interventions that may be used to supplement or supplant medical interventions.

"The short-term efficacy of psychiatric medications for adults but not children has been documented in many studies," states the study. "Efficacy studies typically lack long-term data for both children and adults."

The study concludes that "given the uncertainty related to long-term benefits and risks, it is reasonable to question the rapid increase in the use of psychiatric medications with children. However, the increase seems to be generally accepted without corroborative evidence."

Frankenberger will discuss the details of the research and will answer audience questions regarding the study.

Upcoming "Let's Do Lunch" speakers, dates and topics include: Dr. Rose-Marie Avin, UW-Eau Claire professor of economics, Aug. 29, "Globalization and the Third World: A Force for Good or Exploitation?"; and Jeff Oliphant, assistant professor of kinesiology, Sept. 28, "Youth Sports Injuries: Can We Prevent Them?"

The speaker series is open to the public. The cost is $10 per session and includes the presentation, buffet, beverage, tax and tip. Find details and reservation information online, or call (715) 836-3266.

-30-

KH/JB

Back to:
Current year's news releases

All news releases
News and information home

 

Excellence. Our Measure. Our Motto. Our Goal.