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The Language of Mental Health

The Discourse of ADHD

Perspectives on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Authors: Horton-Salway, Mary, Davies, Alison

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  • Draws on original research spaning contexts including media representations, personal experience narratives, and research with parents
  • Provides a critical and discursive perspective on ADHD as a category that challenges assumptions and contributes to the debate around its meaning and legitimacy
  • Explores how negative stereotypes can be resisted and positive representations can be adopted
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About this book

This book explores the discourse of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), one of the most debated mental health categories attributed to children and adults across the globe. The authors trace the origins, development and representation of ADHD to demonstrate how the category is produced through competing explanatory theories and processes of scientific, professional and lay discourse. Starting with the idea that medical categories are as much a product of cultural meaning, social processes and models of medicine as they are of scientific fact, this book utilises a range of perspectives from within critical discursive psychology to approach this topic. The authors discuss historical construction, media representation, parents’ accounts of family life, and the personal experience of children and adults to demonstrate how the construction of social identity and cultural stereotypes are embedded in the meaning of ADHD. They explore the origins of ADHD and how biological and psychosocial explanations of the mental health category have been produced, circulated, debated and resisted within a culture of ‘Othering’, and the discourse of blame. 

About the authors

Mary Horton-Salway is a member of the British Psychological Society, UK, and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, specialising in social psychology and the discourse of health, illness and disability, ME and ADHD.
Alison Davies is a member of the British Psychological Society, UK, and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. She is Associate Lecturer at The Open University, and also works as an academic consultant in higher education and as a counselling psychotherapist.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-26

    Horton-Salway, Dr. Mary (et al.)

  • Mapping the Discourses of ADHD: The Historical Legacy

    Pages 27-68

    Horton-Salway, Dr. Mary (et al.)

  • Media Representations of ADHD

    Pages 69-99

    Horton-Salway, Dr. Mary (et al.)

  • ‘Normal Rules of Parenting Don’t Apply’: ADHD, Maternal Accountability and Mother Identities

    Pages 101-144

    Horton-Salway, Dr. Mary (et al.)

  • ‘Just an Active Boy’: Intersecting Discourses of ADHD, Masculinity and Father Identities

    Pages 145-180

    Horton-Salway, Dr. Mary (et al.)

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-76026-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-76025-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $119.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-030-09383-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Discourse of ADHD
Book Subtitle
Perspectives on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Authors
Series Title
The Language of Mental Health
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-76026-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-76026-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-76025-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-09383-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 303
Number of Illustrations
11 b/w illustrations
Topics