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Recent Attitudes toward ADHD in the Broader Community: A Systematic Review

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posted on 01.02.2022, 00:00 authored by Matt Bisset, L Winter, C M Middeldorp, D Coghill, N Zendarski, M A Bellgrove, Emma SciberrasEmma Sciberras
Objective: This review aimed to understand the broader community’s attitudes toward ADHD, which could facilitate public health interventions to improve outcomes for individuals with ADHD. Methods: A standardized protocol identified peer-reviewed studies focusing on attitudes of broader community samples, published from January 2014 to February 2020 (inclusive). Results: A total of 1,318 articles were screened and 10 studies were included, examining attitudes of broader community samples from Australia, Sweden, Germany, Finland, Korea, Indonesia, and the United States. Findings revealed that broader community samples displayed varying degrees of ADHD-related knowledge, negative attitudes (that ADHD is over-diagnosed; that pharmacological treatment is not acceptable; that those with ADHD are more likely to exhibit poor behavior), and a desire for maintaining social distance from individuals with ADHD. Conclusion: Findings suggest that community attitudes are generally negative toward those with ADHD. Targeted mental health literacy could provide an important avenue for improving the broader community’s attitudes toward those with ADHD.

History

Journal

Journal of Attention Disorders

Volume

26

Issue

4

Article number

ARTN 10870547211003671

Pagination

537 - 548

Publisher

SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC

Location

United States

ISSN

1087-0547

eISSN

1557-1246

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal