This chapter employs sociological perspective from childhood studies and disability studies within the UK to question the identiﬁcation and diagnosis of children with attention deﬁcit hyperactivity disorder. It investigates the contemporary dynamic relations between medical science, public policy, children’s rights, emancipatory principles and citizenship. This investigation highlights a contrast between medical literature/public policy guidelines on ADHD and human rights perspectives. By critically examining the sociological context that underpins the identiﬁcation of problematic childhood behaviour a number of questions are raised regarding the diagnoses of children and young people labelled as having ADHD. The chapter concludes that, at present, diagnostic approaches to ADHD do not sufficiently engage with the sociological issues that influence children’s and young people’s lives and therefore do not give enough consideration to how children and young people can take charge of resolving their own life issues.
|Title of host publication||Critical New Perspectives on ADHD|
|Place of Publication||Oxon|
|Number of pages||21|
|Publication status||Published - 13 Apr 2006|
- sociological perspective
- childhood studies
- disability studies
Davis, J. (2006). Disability, childhood studies and the construction of medical discourses: questioning attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; a theoretical perspective. In G. Lloyd (Ed.), Critical New Perspectives on ADHD (pp. 45-65). Oxon.