Title page for ETD etd-42298-134946

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Natili, Suzanne Elizabeth
Author's Email Address snatili@vt.edu
URN etd-42298-134946
Title "It Took My Brain Away:" a Developmental Contextual Case Study of a Child With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disord
Degree Master of Science
Department Family and Child Development
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Sawyers, Janet K. Committee Chair
Billingsley, Bonnie S. Committee Member
Fu, Victoria R. Committee Member
  • ADHD
  • Ritalin
  • Case Study
Date of Defense 1998-05-05
Availability restricted

The purpose of this study was to investigate the life of one child who has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The definition of ADHD has become very broad and many children are being treated according to the label of ADHD. This study investigated the life of one eight year old boy from conception until present in order to understand the child as an individual. The research was framed in developmental contextualism and developmentally appropriate practice in a case study approach. In depth interviews and observations formed the data for the case. The study case demonstrated the need to focus on the child as an individual, and not just the label of ADHD. Recommendations were made for parenting and teaching, as well as for future research.

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