ERIC Number: ED449626
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders--A Cross-Cultural Investigation.
Barkat, Esther U.; Lee, Jeanette W.
This report discusses the outcomes of a study that used qualitative data to examine the concept of attention deficit disorders from an international perspective. Surveys were conducted in two different parts of the world (West Virginia and Pakistan) among elementary school teachers. Seventy-two Pakistani school teachers and 149 American school teachers were surveyed. Findings showed a significant difference in percentages of students who are perceived as having attention deficit disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) traits. Students from the United States were more likely to be identified as having AD/HD symptoms than Pakistani students. Methods of responding to such children in the classroom included similar responses and also some reactions which were unique to each culture. Ideas concerning causes for the behavior patterns were also given. Educators from both cultures cited multiple and similar reasons for AD/HD, with parenting practices being a recurring theme. Results of the study suggest environmental factors which may be contributing to the severity of attention deficit disorders. The paper concludes with a discussion of future research needs. (Contains 20 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Pakistan; West Virginia