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Article Critique : Perceptions Of Children With Adhd

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Article Critique: Perceptions of Children with ADHD

Maddy La Voe

Wilmington University

Abstract

This paper examines and analyzes the article “Exasperating or Exceptional? Parents’ Interpretations of Their Child’s ADHD Behavior” by Heather C. Lench, Linda J. Levine, and Carol K. Whalen. The paper provides an analysis of a study conducted in 2013 which examined the role of behavioral perception in families affected by ADHD. An introduction, rationale of the study, description of procedure and participants, and results are all included. There is also a reflection which describes the implications for sharing the results in a family counseling setting.

Introduction

The link between perception of behavior and its effect on relationships has been the topic of many research studies. Psychological research has proven that perception of an individual’s behavior often has an impact on future behavior. The article “Exasperating or Exceptional? Parents’ Interpretations of Their Child’s ADHD Behavior” by Heather C. Lench, Linda J. Levine, and Carol K. Whalen explores the role that parent perception has on parent relationships, parent to child relationship, and the overall success of children with ADHD. The ultimate goal of the research study presented was to determine whether parent perceptions could ultimately improve the outcomes for children affected by ADHD.
Rationale
Researchers in this study decided to focus on families affected by ADHD for several reasons. The first reason is the prevalence of ADHD, for “ADHD in the general population is approximately 3% to 8%” (Lench, Levine, & Whalen, 141). Additionally, parents who report ADHD symptoms a...

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... reported the symptoms negatively (Lench, Levine, & Whalen, 147). After examining the results of this study, it definitely appears that perception can potentially play an integral role in family relationships.
Reflection and Conclusion
The results of this study could be useful to share with parents of children affected by ADHD. Although the “Indigo parents” represent a unique sub-group, their positive perceptions did appear to have an impact on reported levels of stress and frustration within families. Perhaps families can utilize these results to rethink their own perceptions of children with ADHD in a positive, new light.

References

Lench, H., Levine, L., & Whalen, C. (2013). Exasperating or Exceptional? Parents '

Interpretations of Their Child 's ADHD Behavior. Journal of Attention Disorders,

17(2), 141-141.
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