Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: theory and practice examined through the lens of power

Rogers, Dianne (2005) Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: theory and practice examined through the lens of power. Children Australia, 30 (4). pp. 19-27.

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Currently, discourses on Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) within Australia are in conflict. There are two dominant and conflicting knowledge bases: the biological and genetic approach, and the psychological approach, which includes behavioural and psychoanalytic theories on the cause of deviant or difficult behaviour. Other minor discourses also exist, including the diet perspective and an emerging strengths based discourse arising from support groups. The debate is not purely academic as theory, and the practice developed from that theory, have a huge impact on families. An overview of the competing discourses currently operating in Australia, particularly in Queensland, is presented. The author argues that the theories and the associated strategies recommended by professionals, result in varying outcomes for families and individuals affected by the disorder.

Item ID: 6075
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1035-0772
Keywords: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; attention deficit disorders; behaviour management; behaviour problems; dietetics; power structure; social support groups; student behaviour
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Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2010 22:27
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160512 Social Policy @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services @ 50%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940112 Families and Family Services @ 100%
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