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ERIC Number: EJ1091979
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1363-2752
Educational Practitioners' Beliefs and Conceptualisation about the Cause of ADHD: A Qualitative Study
Russell, Abigail Emma; Moore, Darren A.; Ford, Tamsin
Emotional & Behavioural Difficulties, v21 n1 p101-118 2016
Objectives: Educational practitioners play an important role in the referral and treatment of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This study aimed to explore how educational practitioners conceptualise their beliefs about the causes of symptoms of ADHD. Method: Forty-one educational practitioners from schools in the United Kingdom participated in focus groups or individual interviews. Data were analysed using thematic analysis. Results: Practitioners' beliefs fell into two categories: biological and environmental. Practitioners conceptualised the causes of ADHD in lay-theoretical models: a "True" ADHD model considered that symptoms of ADHD in many cases were due to adverse environments; and a model whereby a biological predisposition is the root of the cause of the child's symptoms. Conclusion: Differential beliefs about the causes of ADHD may lead to practitioners blaming parents for a child's behaviour and discounting ADHD as a valid condition. This has implications for the effective support of children with ADHD in schools.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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