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ERIC Number: ED542257
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 118
ISSN: ISSN-1324-9320
ADHD Perspectives: Medicalization and ADHD Connectivity
Wright, Gloria Sunnie
Australian Association for Research in Education (NJ1), Paper presented at the Joint Australian Association for Research in Education and Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association Conference (AARE-APERA 2012) World Education Research Association (WERA) Focal Meeting (Sydney, New South Wales, Dec 2-6, 2012)
Today's "ADHDscape" is no longer confined to images of fidgety children falling off classroom chairs. Trans-generational images flood popular culture, from "ADHD creator" with entrepreneurial style, to "ADHD troublemaker". Indeed, ADHD's enigmatic characteristics seem to apply as much to crying babies as to forgetful grannies. With the recent expansion of ADHD definitions (Conrad, 2007), the key question to pose is this: "how" and in what "ways" is ADHD "understood"? By drawing on the association between "ADHD" as a mental disorder and "medicalization" as a social phenomenon, and in the interactionist tradition utilized in Peter Conrad's sociological analysis of ADHD, this paper presents aspects of the complex nature of ADHD through a description of contrasting perspectives. (Contains 2 tables and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)