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Attention Defficit/Hyperactivity Disorder as a social construct. Some thoughts concerning education
Attention Defficit/Hyperactivity Disorder as a social construct. Some thoughts concerning education

Author(s): Ioana Drugaş, Marius Drugaş
Subject(s): Psychology
Published by: Editura Universitatii din Oradea
Keywords: ADHD; biological model; social construct theory; social causes

Summary/Abstract: The nature of the Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) represented a source of controversy over the years. The traditional, biological perspective was challenged recently by the followers of the social construct theory. Critics targeted the hidden interests of the pharmaceutical companies and discouraged the application of the medical model in treating this disorder. Instead, environmental factors (classroom environment, inadequate play space, stressful parents, or exposure to electronic gadgets) were brought into discussion as causes of ADHD. Our paper aims to briefly present some studies that tried to redefine ADHD as a social construct, and ends with some recommendations for parents, teachers, and psychologists, based on this approach.

  • Issue Year: 9/2016
  • Issue No: 17
  • Page Range: 57-67
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: English