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Why are girls with ADHD invisible?

Dray, Stacey, Campbell, Marilyn, & Gilmore, Linda (2006) Why are girls with ADHD invisible? Connections, 23(2), pp. 2-7.

Abstract

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is readily associated with boys, however, girls are also affected. It is argued that the impact of this perception in school- aged children is disadvantaging girls by either missing or misdiagnosing ADHD. The public perception that boys are the only ones with ADHD can partly be attributed to the way ADHD is periodically inaccurately portrayed in the media (Consensus Statement, 2002). In addition, although the behaviour problems associated with ADHD are the most well researched and reported of the childhood disorders (Barkley, 2003), the majority of this research has been on boys with a focus on the hyperactivity and impulsivity component (Lovecky, 2004; Wicks-Nelson & Israel, 1997). In comparison, there is scarce research about girls with ADHD (Biederman, et al., 1999; Gaub & Carlson, 1997; Hartung, et al., 2002). It seems that ADHD in girls often remains undetected and these girls are often invisible to many professionals, parents and society in general.

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ID Code: 14882
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Attention Deficit Disorder, girls
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Learning Sciences (130309)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Queensland Guidance and Counselling Association Inc.
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 16 Sep 2008
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 18:17

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