Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder;
Although attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder constitutes 33 to 50% of mental health referrals for children, an increasing number of researchers has begun to question the validity of ADHD as a legitimate diagnosis. Eberstadt in her 1999 review stated, "Society has changed since the mid-1980s to view what may be normal childhood activity as lack of behavioral compliance" (p.1). Could the prevalence of ADHD simply be an increasingly active society's response to normal, active childhood behavior? The purpose of this paper is to examine the history of ADHD and explore assessment methods. Data from current literature and personal interviews with recognized professionals at the University of lowa and surrounding areas is included to provide the readers with information on current trends used to treat this disorder.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Postsecondary Education
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©2001 Larry G. Scheel
Scheel, Larry G., "Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder : is it a behavior disorder or active childhood behavior?" (2001). Graduate Research Papers. 1451.