ERIC Number: EJ1051566
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Understanding ADHD from a Biopsychosocial-Cultural Framework: A Case Study
Pham, Andy V.
Contemporary School Psychology, v19 n1 p54-62 Mar 2015
The biopsychosocial-cultural framework is a systemic and multifaceted approach to assessment and intervention that takes into account biological, psychological, and socio-cultural factors that influence human functioning and service delivery. Although originally developed to assess physical health and medical illness, this contemporary model can be used as a framework for school psychologists to address the mental health needs of culturally and linguistically diverse youth with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). School psychologists can apply this model when conceptualizing academic, behavioral, and social-emotional functioning of children and adolescents, while also considering cultural barriers relating to treatment acceptability when working with families. Because it encourages school psychologists to address presenting problems in a culturally sensitive and contextual manner, this model may reduce bias and result in more equitable mental health outcomes. The purpose of this article is to discuss the biopsychosocial-cultural model, its advantages and disadvantages, and its application in a case study of a Hispanic child with ADHD.
Descriptors: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Case Studies, Models, School Psychologists, Children, Adolescents, Mental Health, Cultural Relevance, Hispanic Americans
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