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Stigma and parental concerns in medicating children with ADD/ADHD

Tara Blanchard and Sara Tup Evans
Edith Cowan University
While medicines are becoming increasingly common, the debate continues about the use of medications in treating ADD/ADHD. The purpose of this presentation is to discuss stigma and parental concerns in the use of medication in the treatment of children with ADD/ADHD. Parental cognitions were identified through an evaluation conducted on the Joondalup Education District's Wrap Around Pilot Program, a program focusing on children with ADD/ADHD at educational risk. Data collected through semi-structured interviews indicated that although medication reduced adverse behaviours, many parents had concerns regarding the long term consequences, negative side effects and the stigma attached to the use of medication. In conclusion, suggestions related to stigma and parental concerns will be discussed, such as improving information and access to resources, educating parents and the wider community about the disorder and prescribed drugs, opening communication channels between medical staff and parents, and promoting parenting programs to assist with issues associated with ADD/ADHD.
Please cite as: Blanchard, T. and Evans, S. T. (2003). Stigma and parental concerns in medicating children with ADD/ADHD. In Partners in Learning. Proceedings of the 12th Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 11-12 February 2003. Perth: Edith Cowan University. http://lsn.curtin.edu.au/tlf/tlf2003/abstracts/blanchard2-abs.html

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