Nobody knows I'm normal: an adolescent perspective of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
LE3 .A278 2000
Master of Education
This study examined the phenomenon of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as it relates to the lives of two young men. The purpose was to gain an understanding of how the adolescents diagnosed with ADHD perceived their successes and failures in adjusting their behaviours to the expectations of a predominately non-ADHD environment. This study was based on the assumption that by ascertaining the problems faced by the adolescent with ADHD, possible counselling interventions could be developed. Interpretive interactionism provided the framework for this social inquiry. The prevalent question of how the adolescents perceived their success and failures was explored by in-depth interviews guided by the two participants. Positive relationships with adults and a sense of independence were of paramount importance to each of the participants.
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