Date of Award
College of Liberal Arts
Type of Degree
W. Joseph Wyatt
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder in childhood (NIH, 2000) and its prevalence continues to increase. ADHD is diagnosed by a variety of practitioners, including general physicians, pediatricians, psychiatrists, and clinical/school psychologists. There is little known regarding how these diversely trained professionals differ or may be similar in their beliefs regarding ADHD and their approach to diagnosis and treatment. The current study utilizes a survey methodology to address the commonalities and differences in the approaches these professionals take to conceptualize diagnostic criteria, etiology and course of treatment for children diagnosed with ADHD. The need for further research in both national and rural areas such as Appalachia is also discussed.
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder - Diagnosis - Appalachian Region.
Jenkins, Kristal D., "ADHD Assessment Practices Used by General Practitioners, Pediatricians, Psychiatrists, and Psychologists in West Virginia" (2008). Theses, Dissertations and Capstones. 668.