Miriam Tepper

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Honors Thesis


Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) is a chronic, neurological disorder diagnosed in children who show symptoms of inattention, and/or hyperactive/impulsive behaviors. Considering that these symptoms overlap with some symptoms of abuse and neglect, it is necessary to further explore how to differentiate. A Qualitative Interpretive Meta-Synthesis (QIMS) was conducted to synthesize results from existing qualitative studies on students who were abused or neglected. Almost 150 school-aged students and 14 agencies were included in this paper. Six major themes emerged: 1) setting the stage, 2) the unexpected role of school, 3) how it started, 4) how it ended, 5) long term effects of abuse, and 6) intervention/prevention methods. Child victims may exhibit similar symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)/ADHD while trying to cope with abuse; however, this does not mean they have the neurological disease. Therefore, it is imperative that teachers and relevant school personnel receive additional training in identifying these differences.

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