Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Will School Standards Boost ADHD Diagnosis Odds?

Factors such as a child's social and school environment may play a role in whether or not ADHD is diagnosed.
In the April issue of Pediatrics, it reports that one factor is whether your school has strict accountability standards designed to improve your child's academic performance. They say that the stricter the accountability laws are, the higher the odds were that your child will be diagnosed with ADHD. Researchers also say that it is difficult to say whether there's a positive or negative relationship between the two. And that school standards may have unintended consequences.
They say that schools with strict standards might encourage parents or teachers to treat children with medication rather than address other behavioral aspects.

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