Date of Award


Degree Name

School Psychology


Graduate School of Education and Professional Development

Type of Degree


Document Type


First Advisor

R. Lanai Jennings

Second Advisor

Sandra Stroebel

Third Advisor

Conrae Lucas-Adkins


Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most widely documented referral concern among children and adolescents referred to mental health practitioners. The current study examined Appalachian parents’ (N=68) knowledge of ADHD, accuracy in identifying ADHD symptoms, and treatment preferences. Findings of the survey indicate the majority of parents received no training on ADHD; however, most were able to recognize the majority of the signs of ADHD. Equally important, parents of children with ADHD and those who reported receiving some form of ADHD training demonstrated a negligible advantage in correctly identifying ADHD symptoms. Results, moreover, showed a significant preference for discipline as a treatment option for ADHD when parents had one or more children diagnosed with ADHD. Additional research into parent knowledge of ADHD symptomology and preferences is essential throughout the Appalachian region, given the high ADHD prevalence rates and high percentages of school age children receiving special education.


Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder -- Appalachian Region.