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Critique of the article by Visser and Jehan (2009): 'ADHD: a Scientific Fact or a Factual Opinion? A Critique of the Veracity of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder'

Wheeler, Linda (2010) Critique of the article by Visser and Jehan (2009): 'ADHD: a Scientific Fact or a Factual Opinion? A Critique of the Veracity of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder'. Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties , 15 (3). pp. 257-267. ISSN 1741-2692 (electronic) 1363-2752 (print)

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Abstract

This article seeks to evaluate and take further the discussion put forward by Visser and Jehan (Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties 14, no. 2: 127-40). It begins by focusing on the biomedical discourse, its dominance in the academic and professional literature and why the existence of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as a medical category is questionable. This is followed by a discussion of other discourses including the sociological discourse and the bio-psychosocial discourse. The importance of multi-professional approaches in the identification, assessment and management of ADHD is highlighted, followed by an examination of what part the educational environment might play with regard to behaviours associated with ADHD. Attention is drawn to the need for continuing research and debate on this evolving concept.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: ADHD, biomedical discourse, bio-psychosocial discourse, educational environment, multi-professional approach, sociological discourse
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Education
Depositing User: Janet Davidson
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2010 08:23
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2010 08:23
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/979

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