Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: A Controversial Diagnosis
Kean, Brian, Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) had its origins in the diagnosis of hyperkinesis or the hyperkinetic reaction of childhood (HRC) that was developed in the 1960s in the United States as a replacement for minimal brain dysfunction (MBD; Barkley, 1990, 1998; Schrag & Divoky, 1975). The distinction between the HRC and the MBD category was the removal, in the diagnosis, of the need to establish specific evidence of neurological damage. The requirement of evidence of neurological damage to the child was replaced by reliance upon observations of the child's behavior, generally reported to the medical practitioners by parents or teachers, as evidence of existence of the …
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Publication information: Article title: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: A Controversial Diagnosis. Contributors: Kean, Brian - Author. Journal title: Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry. Volume: 14. Issue: 1 Publication date: April 1, 2012. Page number: 3+. © Springer Publishing Company 2008. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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