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Self-pathologizing, self-condemning, self-liberating: Youths' accounts of their ADHD-related behavior.

https://arctichealth.org/en/permalink/ahliterature277313
Source
Soc Sci Med. 2016 Feb;150:248-55
Publication Type
Article
Date
Feb-2016
Author
Juho Honkasilta
Simo Vehmas
Tanja Vehkakoski
Source
Soc Sci Med. 2016 Feb;150:248-55
Date
Feb-2016
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Adolescent
Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity - psychology
Behavior
Child
Female
Finland
Humans
Male
Qualitative Research
Social Adjustment
Abstract
This study analyzes the discursive construction of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and self in relation to a socioculturally shared understanding of moral norms. Thirteen Finnish youth aged 11 to 16 diagnosed with ADHD were interviewed during this discourse analysis study. The youth accounted for their culturally undesirable behavior, performance and traits through three different types of accounts: (1) externalizing personal responsibility due to a compelling medical condition, (2) internalizing personal responsibility through moral self-condemnation, and (3) distancing oneself from the socially imposed stereotypes and stigmas related to ADHD. This study challenges dominant understanding of young people with a diagnosis of ADHD and contributes to our understanding of how ADHD is constructed in their lives.
PubMed ID
26774711 View in PubMed
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