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ADHD and Gender: subjective experiences of children in Chile

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Pía Uribe, Gabriel Abarca-Brown, Esteban Radiszcz, Eleonora López-Contreras

Translated title of the contributionAdhd and gender: Subjective experiences of children in Chile
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)75-91
Number of pages17
JournalSaúde e Sociedade
Issue number1
Accepted/In press3 Jan 2019
PublishedJan 2019

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Although research on ADHD has tended to ignore gender differentials, recent contributions produced mainly from epidemiology have revealed that this diagnostic category seems to be strongly related to gender. However, these contributions seem to limit their scope to the study of the symptoms as well as cognitive, affective and social functioning of children, leaving aside subjective aspects associated with the ADHD practices of diagnosis and treatment. Thus, this article aims to explore how the gender dimension crosses the subjective experience of children diagnosed with ADHD. Based on open interviews conducted with children between the ages of 7 and 13, we show general trends that articulate gender and characteristics associated with the ADHD diagnosis, while at the same time, with children’s experiences that dislocate such trends. The findings were grouped according to four emerging axes: (1) locations, (2) abilities, (3) approches, (4) interactions. Thus, we will show how the experience of boys and girls is multiple in relation to the diagnosis and it is not possible to be reduced to a gender binary perspective.

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