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Adolescents with ADHD – experiences of having an ADHD diagnosis and negotiations of self-image and identity

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OBJECTIVE:
To develop an understanding of the meanings and consequences of a diagnosis of ADHD for young people during the transition from childhood to adolescence.
METHOD:
Nine youth with an ADHD diagnosis were interviewed using a semi-structured interview guide on topics of management of identity and their own experiences of their difficulties relating to ADHD.
RESULTS:
The meanings and consequences of the ADHD diagnosis is best understood in terms of overall identity development and social connectedness. In addition, cultural understandings of what ADHD is play a major role in negotiating the role of ADHD in identity.
CONCLUSION:
Youth with ADHD moving from childhood to adulthood need support for identity development. Health care professionals should be aware of young people's experiences of ADHD symptoms in the context of their life situations and the cultural understanding of ADHD during treatment and psychoeducation.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Attention Disorders
Volume22
Issue1
Pages (from-to)92-102
Number of pages11
ISSN1087-0547
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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