Information provision in ADHD : evaluation of internet resources and the needs of school teachers

Awarding institution
  • University of Strathclyde
Date of award
  • 2010
Thesis identifier
  • T12679
Qualification Level
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Department, School or Faculty
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a developmental disorder largely diagnosed in children. A multi-method approach was used to explore internet and printed sources of ADHD information and to establish school teachers’ knowledge of the disorder. An assessment tool (called the SWEF) was developed and through its application it was found that ADHD websites hosted by government/professional bodies were the most informative. However, details of medication are basic on most sites regardless of the host organisation. The lack of medication specific information was also seen on UK schizophrenia and cystic fibrosis websites. -- A postal survey of clinicians (n = 47) found that the majority provided printed information in leaflet form. Most leaflets were produced by the Pharmaceutical Industry and whilst medication was routinely mentioned (94%), details of side effects, particularly the less common but more severe effects, were only discussed in a few. Clinicians also exhibited a lack of faith in school teachers’ abilities towards recognising the symptoms of ADHD or understanding the role of medication. -- This was investigated further amongst a sample of 43 qualified and 25 student teachers. 77% of qualified teachers had taught a child with ADHD, yet only 26% had received information or training about it. Knowledge of ADHD was determined by a self administered questionnaire and was generally poor; the mean (SD) number of correct responses (out of 15) was 5.1 (2.3) and 5.4 (2.5) for qualified and student teachers respectively. Student teachers were found to be more knowledgeable about medication specific issues. Following delivery and partial evaluation of a training programme to student teachers, the mean (SD) number of correct responses significantly improved from 9.1 (6.3) to 22.5 (3.4), p = 0.00. A more comprehensive training package with input from various members of the ADHD multidisciplinary team was ultimately designed and recorded onto a DVD.
Advisor / supervisor
  • Thompson, Alison H.
  • Boyter, Anne
Resource Type
  • Print copy includes DVD "containing multidisciplinary training session entitled: 'Paying Attention to ADHD' ". The video files and PowerPoint slides can be downloaded from STAX.
Date Created
  • 2010
Former identifier
  • 819702