Countering the ADHD epidemic : a question of ethics?

Graham, Linda J. (2007) Countering the ADHD epidemic : a question of ethics? Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 8(2), pp. 166-169.

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Recently in Australia, another media skirmish has erupted over the problem we currently call “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder”. This particular event was precipitated by the comments of a respected District Court judge. His claim that doctors are creating a generation of violent juvenile offenders by prescribing Ritalin to young children created a great deal of excitement, attracting the attention of election-conscious politicians who appear blissfully unaware of the role played by educational policy in creating and maintaining the problem. Given the short (election-driven) attention span of government policymakers, I bypass government to question what those at the front line can do to circumvent the questionable practice of diagnosing and medicating young children for difficulties they experience in schools and with learning.

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ID Code: 57603
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: behaviour, primary teaching, ethical practice
DOI: 10.2304/ciec.2007.8.2.166
ISSN: 1463-9491 (print)
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Special Education and Disability (130312)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
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