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ERIC Number: EJ884216
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-1059-8405
Teens' Perceptions about Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Medications
Knipp, Diana K.
Journal of School Nursing, v22 n2 p120-125 2006
This qualitative study describes teens' perceptions about attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) and medications. The four modes of adaptation of the Roy Adaptation Model were the framework for this study. Data were collected through semistructured interviews with 15 high school teens aged 14-17 with parent-reported AD/HD. An inductive analysis identified four themes: (1) "physiologic (medication)"--"Medications are a hassle, but they work"; (2) "role function"--"I do better in school when I take the meds"; (3) "interdependence"--"With meds things are better with my family, and friends don't know I am any different"; and (4) "self-concept/group identity"--"I'm just an everyday teenager, pretty much." The composite main theme was, "Meds help me." School nurses can use this information to guide interventions for families and teens with AD/HD and in working with health care providers, teachers, staff, and communities in a multidisciplinary effort toward an adaptive educational experience for teens. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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