Negotiating the ‘good parent’: Parental talk about their child’s ADHD diagnosis.

Gray Brunton, Carol (2008) Negotiating the ‘good parent’: Parental talk about their child’s ADHD diagnosis. Psychology and Health, 23 (Suppl1). p. 133. ISSN 0887-0446

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Background: ADHD is a contemporary and contested public health area, with rising diagnoses predicted in European contexts due to increased use of American classification. Parents are important in the diagnostic process and care for childhood ADHD and their own health key.

Method: Parental talk about ADHD was analysed using ‘critical discursive psychology’ (Edley, 2001), from semi-structured interviews in Scotland. Two contradictory interpretive repertoires were deployed including: a Biological repertoire which accounted for difficulties as constitutional versus an Environmental repertoire which accounted for the difficulties in parenting terms. This tension for parental accountability was resolved through the accomplishment of a ‘good parent’ identity construction, in talk about diagnosis.

Discussion: The findings showed how current health policy as ADHD was socially produced in parental talk, highlighting limitations with ADHD constructions. The work is relevant for critical health psychological debate over the medicalisation of children’s difficulties and the implications for parental well-being.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 0887-0446
Electronic ISSN: 1476 8321
Additional Information: Oral presentation at the joint 22nd European Health Psychology Society Conference / 11th BPS Division of Health Psychology Conference, 9-12 Sep, Bath.
Uncontrolled Keywords: ADHD; public health; parent wellbeing; child health;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences > School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health > 610.7 Medical education, research & nursing > 610.73 Nursing
Library of Congress Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Item ID: 5581
Depositing User: Dr Carol Gray Brunton
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2012 13:32
Last Modified: 14 May 2015 11:22

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