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ERIC Number: EJ881891
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1087-0547
Ethnic Differences in Parental Beliefs of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Treatment
Pham, Andy V.; Carlson, John S.; Kosciulek, John F.
Journal of Attention Disorders, v13 n6 p584-591 2010
Objective: A survey study was conducted to explore ethnic differences in parental beliefs about the causes and treatments of ADHD and whether these beliefs predicted treatment preference. Method: Ethnically diverse parents of 5- to 12-year-old children with ADHD (n = 58) and without ADHD (n = 61) completed a questionnaire developed by the authors that asked them to rate statements about biological and psychological causes of ADHD and their beliefs about medication and behavioral treatment. Results: There were no significant ethnic differences in how parents viewed causes of ADHD. Beliefs about behavioral treatment revealed significant group differences, as ethnic minority (e.g., African American, Latino) parents rated behavioral treatments more positively than did Caucasian parents. Beliefs about biological causes predicted medication treatment and combined treatment use. Conclusion: Dissemination of information regarding evidence-based treatments should be given special attention as it may influence parents' decisions to pursue specific treatments based on their beliefs. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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