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Minimal Brain Damage/Dysfunction (MBD) en de ontwikkeling van de wetenschappelijke kinderstudie in Nederland, ca. 1950-1990

Bakker, N., 4-Aug-2014, In : Studium: Tijdschrift voor Wetenschaps- en Universiteitsgeschiedenis. 7, 2, p. 82-96 15 p.

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This paper discusses the reception in the Netherlands of Minimal Brain Damage/Dysfunction (MBD) and related labels for normally gifted children with learning disabilities and behavioural problems by child scientists of all sorts from the 1950s up to the late 1980s, when MBD was replaced with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Unlike what has been suggested, as compared to ADHD, MBD turns out to have been all but a rare diagnosis for children who were not handicapped more seriously than modern ADHD-children. MBD, moreover, has contributed considerably to the status of the child sciences which focused on the development of remedial teaching and behaviour modification techniques, particularly clinical child psychology and special education studies. In this case the diminishing influence of child psychiatry, as against these rapidly developing academic specialisms, was only temporal. With the help of the media and parent organizations Ritalin’s regime marched in by the late 1980s.
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)82-96
Number of pages15
JournalStudium: Tijdschrift voor Wetenschaps- en Universiteitsgeschiedenis
Volume7
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 4-Aug-2014

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