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ERIC Number: EJ911557
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4405
Teachers' and Education Students' Perceptions of and Reactions to Children with and without the Diagnostic Label "ADHD"
Ohan, Jeneva L.; Visser, Troy A. W.; Strain, Melanie C.; Allen, Linda
Journal of School Psychology, v49 n1 p81-105 Feb 2011
Thirty-four elementary school teachers and 32 education students from Canada rated their reactions towards vignettes describing children who met attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptom criteria that included or did not include the label "ADHD." "ADHD"-labeled vignettes elicited greater perceptions of the child's impairment as well as more negative emotions and less confidence in the participants, although it also increased participants' willingness to implement treatment interventions. Ratings were similar to vignettes of boys versus girls; however, important differences in ratings between teachers and education students emerged and are discussed. Finally, we investigated the degree to which teachers' professional backgrounds influenced bias based on the label "ADHD." Training specific to ADHD consistently predicted label bias, whereas teachers' experience working with children with ADHD did not. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada