The voice of the adolescent with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in individual case conferences: How adolescents with AD/HD manage the symptoms of their disorder and the treatment strategies.

Year: 2001

Author: Carragher, Georgia, Campbell-Evans, Glenda, Forlin, Chris

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Adolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) are at risk of under achievement and under productivity in school, home and in the social environment. Literature demonstrates that adolescents with AD/HD exhibit higher levels of risk-taking behaviour than are developmentally appropriate; while adolescents with AD/HD also exhibit low levels of self-esteem and poor peer relationships. This qualitative longitudinal study, divided into four phases of identification, intermediation and evaluation intends to address the paucity of previous research with adolescents with AD/HD related to their perceptions of their disorder while, at the same time, evaluating how adolescents with AD/HD (both male and female) are able to self-manage their disorder. Grounded Theory methodology will form the basis for data analysis, collation and collection. The aim of this study is to use grounded theory methodology to construct theory about the management of the symptoms of the disorder AD/HD and its treatment strategies for adolescents with AD/HD by adolescents with AD/HD where no such theory currently exists. The unequivocal aim of the youth driven individual case conference is to allow adolescents with AD/HD to regain their self-esteem, with the eventual objective being that of ameliorating current negative social and educational outcomes.