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Perceptions of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in One African American Community

Judy C. Davison and Donna Y. Ford
The Journal of Negro Education
Vol. 70, No. 4, African American Children with Special Needs (Autumn, 2001), pp. 264-274
DOI: 10.2307/3211279
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3211279
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Abstract

The incidence of students being identified with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is on the rise, yet few studies have examined the perceptions held by families of this special needs population. More specifically, what views do the parents and educators hold about the causes and treatment of ADHD? This ethnographic study took place in an urban school district. Forty-five hours of semi-structured interviews were conducted with 25 participants associated with four urban schools. The participants were African American parents and educators, and members of the medical community who work with African American parents and their children. Results of the interviews suggest that these participants have a socially constructed view of ADHD and are less likely to diagnose and use stimulant medication for the treatment of ADHD.

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