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Title: Perspectives on living with children with attention deficit hyperactive disorder : the rhetoric and the reality
Author: Hughes, Lesley
ISNI:       0000 0004 2751 1070
Awarding Body: University of Bradford
Current Institution: University of Bradford
Date of Award: 2003
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Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) present with emotional and behavioural difficulties and have a history of underachieving both academically and socially. The understanding about AD/HD comes primarily from research studies which identify the rhetoric theoretical position, as debates continue over whether AD/HD is a biological, psychosocial or bio-psychosocial condition. Despite such studies there is no consensus about the cause, but the dominant perspective is biological and the most common approach to treating AD/HD is through psychostimulant medication. This study took an interpretive approach using interviews to explore the perspectives of clinicians, parents, teachers and children in order to capture the reality of living with AD/HD. The findings identify idiosyncratic perspectives about the understanding and management of children with AD/HD and suggest that parents and teachers are failing to recognise it as bio-psychosocial condition. In addition, treatment is failing to bring about a positive change in the children's behaviour. The children in the study recognise the influence that psychosocial factors have on exacerbating their difficulties but are frustrated by the lack of consensus over their management. In addition they are confused by the inconsistent messages they are receiving from different people and feel they are misunderstood and rejected. The way forward for children with AD/HD is for service providers to work together to provide a consistent and coherent framework for children. If positive behavioural change is to be achieved, professionals need to move away from a micro perspective to a macro perspective in their understanding and management of the behavioural difficulties.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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