Original Article

Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research

, Volume 41, Issue 4, pp 503-513

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Latino Parental Help Seeking for Childhood ADHD

  • Alyson C. GerdesAffiliated withPsychology Department, Marquette University Email author 
  • , Kathryn E. LawtonAffiliated withPsychology Department, Marquette University
  • , Lauren M. HaackAffiliated withPsychology Department, Marquette University
  • , Brian W. SchneiderAffiliated withAurora Mental Health Center

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To better understand the help seeking process that occurs within Latino families when a child is exhibiting behaviors consistent with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), qualitative and quantitative data from 73 Latino parents were examined. Findings suggest that most Latino parents in the current sample recognized ADHD symptoms as concerning and in need of professional help and reported being motivated to seek help. Unfortunately, they also appeared to lack knowledge about the etiology of and effective treatment for ADHD, and many identified barriers to seeking help. Future research must involve community collaborations aimed at increasing awareness and knowledge of ADHD and decreasing barriers to seeking help in targeted Latino communities.


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