Publication

ADHD and the power of generalization: exploring the faces of reification

te Meerman, S., 2019, [Groningen]: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. 171 p.

Research output: ThesisThesis fully internal (DIV)Academic

APA

te Meerman, S. (2019). ADHD and the power of generalization: exploring the faces of reification. [Groningen]: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. https://doi.org/10.33612/diss.84379221

Author

te Meerman, Sanne. / ADHD and the power of generalization : exploring the faces of reification. [Groningen] : Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, 2019. 171 p.

Harvard

te Meerman, S 2019, 'ADHD and the power of generalization: exploring the faces of reification', Doctor of Philosophy, University of Groningen, [Groningen]. https://doi.org/10.33612/diss.84379221

Standard

ADHD and the power of generalization : exploring the faces of reification. / te Meerman, Sanne.

[Groningen] : Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, 2019. 171 p.

Research output: ThesisThesis fully internal (DIV)Academic

Vancouver

te Meerman S. ADHD and the power of generalization: exploring the faces of reification. [Groningen]: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, 2019. 171 p. https://doi.org/10.33612/diss.84379221


BibTeX

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title = "ADHD and the power of generalization: exploring the faces of reification",
abstract = "Don’t make such a thing out of unruly behaviourWhen we ‘diagnose’ children based on annoying behaviors we call ‘symptoms’; what does that tell us about our culture? Why do we make such a thing of these behaviors, both in the literal and figurative sense? In the literal sense this is called ‘reification’, and it can result in confusing ‘naming’ with ‘explaining’. When we call these restless behaviours ADHD, we have not explained them. Confusing naming and explaining is merely one way to reify. This thesis describes several reifying mechanisms that occur often in academic textbooks. For instance, small average brain differences between those classified with ADHD and ‘normal’ children are presented as if these brain characteristics are unique for those with ADHD. However, research shows that many with ADHD do not have these characteristics, while many without an ADHD classification do. By suggesting otherwise, ADHD is erroneously presented as a disease-entity comparable to a neurological condition. The suggestion that ADHD is a disease entity rather than a descriptive classification, makes the child the owner of potentially complex (societal) problems related to restless behaviours and makes stimulants like Ritalin appear as ‘medication’. This is not always in the best interest of the child. The Convention on the Rights of the Child obliges us to safeguard that professionals are properly educated about the pitfalls of reification and classifying labels such as ADHD.",
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