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ERIC Number: ED380717
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 18
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Relationship between Teachers' Anti-Stimulant Attitudes and Their Experience with ADHD Students.
Davino, Dana; And Others
Teachers play an important role in monitoring the effects of stimulant medication used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Any negative attitudes they hold toward ADHD students or the students' parents, doctors, or medication, can compromise treatment efficacy. To assess teachers' perceptions of ADHD concerning social variables, drug therapy, causal factors, parental support, teacher training, involvement, and experience with ADHD students, 206 teachers, drawn from 11 elementary, middle, and high schools, were administered a 44-item survey. Comparative analysis revealed no significant relationship between teachers' stimulant attitudes and causal beliefs and their amount of experience with ADHD students. Teachers who advocated the use of ritalin were more likely to believe in genetic causal factors, and seemed more sensitive and aware of the social, academic, and medical problems associated with these disorders. Neither age nor experience appeared to mediate teachers' attitudes toward ADHD causes or treatment. Most teachers desired a high responsibility role in helping students with ADHD. Older and more experienced teachers expressed dissatisfaction both with their college training and in-service training on stimulant medication. Future studies may concentrate on the adequacy of teacher training on stimulant medication, both on the college level and through in-service training. Contains six references. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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