African-American teenagers' stories of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder

Mirka Koro-Ljungberg, Regina Bussing, Pamela Williamson, Jeffrianne Wilder, Terry Mills

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Abstract

Cultural differences in illness perceptions and treatment access of teens with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are evident yet under studied. The purpose of this qualitative paper is to explore how African-American teenagers describe and narrate stories about their lives with ADHD. Data were gathered from four African-American teens in the Southern United States through a qualitative experience sampling method, and stories were analyzed using narrative analysis framed within the context of African-American rhetorical traditions. We argue that the study of teen-constructed narratives and culturally-situated talk are tools that can improve communication between healthcare providers and teens by illuminating the ways teens construct their personalized realities of ADHD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)467-485
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Child and Family Studies
Volume17
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2008
Externally publishedYes

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ADHD
Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity
African Americans
narrative
cultural difference
illness
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Health Personnel
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Keywords

  • ADHD
  • African-American teenagers
  • Communication
  • Narrative analysis
  • Story

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  • Social Sciences(all)

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African-American teenagers' stories of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. / Koro-Ljungberg, Mirka; Bussing, Regina; Williamson, Pamela; Wilder, Jeffrianne; Mills, Terry.

In: Journal of Child and Family Studies, Vol. 17, No. 4, 08.2008, p. 467-485.

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Koro-Ljungberg, Mirka ; Bussing, Regina ; Williamson, Pamela ; Wilder, Jeffrianne ; Mills, Terry. / African-American teenagers' stories of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. In: Journal of Child and Family Studies. 2008 ; Vol. 17, No. 4. pp. 467-485.
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