Parental explanatory models of ADHD
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This study describes parents’ explanatory models of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and examines model variation by child characteristics.
Children with ADHD (N = 182) were identified from a school district population of elementary school students. A reliable coding system was developed for parental responses obtained in ethnographic interviews in order to convert qualitative into numerical data for quantitative analysis.
African-American parents were less likely to connect the school system to ADHD problem identification, expressed fewer worries about ADHD-related school problems, and voiced fewer preferences for school interventions than Caucasian parents, pointing to a potential disconnect with the school system.
More African-American than Caucasian parents were unsure about potential causes of and treatments for ADHD, indicating a need for culturally appropriate parent education approaches.
- Parental explanatory models of ADHD
Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
Volume 38, Issue 10 , pp 563-575
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- 1. Chief Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Dept. of Psychiatry, of Pediatrics, and of Health Policy & Epidemiology, University of Florida, 100234 UFHC, Gainesville, FL, 32610-0234, USA
- 2. College of Nursing, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA
- 3. Dept. of Sociology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA
- 4. Dept. of Statistics in the College of Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA