Current Psychiatry Reports

, 15:377 | Cite as

Knowledge and Attitudes about Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and its Treatment: The Views of Children, Adolescents, Parents, Teachers and Healthcare Professionals

Attention-Deficit Disorder (R Bussing, Section Editor)
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  1. Topical Collection on Attention-Deficit Disorder


Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common neuro-developmental disorder that causes controversy; this may have a negative effect on the ability of families, teachers and healthcare professionals to achieve shared understanding and goals. This article reviews recent research of the knowledge and attitudes of children, adolescents, parents, teachers, healthcare professionals and the public about ADHD. Findings suggest that misconceptions about ADHD persist, and children with ADHD and their parents report stigmatizing experiences. Educational interventions to improve the knowledge of teachers about ADHD appeared to be effective in the short term. Parents and professionals working together in the diagnosis and treatment of children with ADHD may have different views about their roles in the shared decision-making process. Studies have reported both similarities and differences in parents’ and professionals’ views about the effectiveness of treatments for ADHD, but all stakeholders supported the principles of information-sharing and working in partnership.


Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder ADHD Hyperkinetic disorder Treatment Knowledge Attitude Perception Stigma Child Adolescent Young people Parent Teacher Paediatrician Family physician General practitioner Primary care Professional Stakeholder Intervention Barrier Questionnaire 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and University of NottinghamNottinghamUK
  2. 2.Division of Psychiatry and Institute of Mental HealthUniversity of Nottingham, and Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS TrustNottinghamUK

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