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Saturday, November 19, 2005

Does a lack of a suitable male role model cause ADHD in children?

The kids were given behavioral treatment with the therapists and special attention was paid to developing a positive attachment to the male figure. At the end of the treatment, only 11% of the boys and 2% of the girls had to remain on medication. The authors of this sudy suggested that social forces may be major contributors to ADHD. Among these social forces are: "the absence of positive father role models; the presence of a revolving door for negative male role models brought into the home; poor parenting; the need for order in the classroom when teachers are severely curtailed in meting out discipline; and a declining appreciation in our culture of what constitutes normal boy behavior." This study was never given much attention by the mental health community as the "solutions" were not politically correct at they emphasized the deficit of a male role model.
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Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 11/19/2005 02:16:00 pm


Blogger Psycho Milt said...

My money's on the guy in the comments section who proposes "Discipline Deficit Disorder". I'm sure a lot of kids are diagnosed ADHD because no bugger ever made them do stuff they didn't want to do. By the time they're in school it's a bit late. Lack of a male role model may be correlated with that, but they'd be drawing a long bow to declare it causal.

11/20/2005 06:45:00 am  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

There's certainly some interesting comments. "Dr Helen", btw, is Mrs Instapundit.

11/20/2005 12:11:00 pm  

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