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prof. dr. L. Batstra

Hoogleraar (Adjunct)

Deconstructing ADHD

PhD student: Sanne te Meerman

Despite cautionary statements in the DSM-IV about the limits of the DSM’s categorical approach towards mental problems, disorders named in the DSM-IV are often seen as discrete ‘disease-entities’. Warnings by the authors of the DSM apparently did not suffice to counter this ‘reification’: the strong tendency to view that which has received a name, as a separate entity or being with an independent existence of its own. This Ph.D. dissertation will look into the scientific discourse surrounding one such alleged ‘entity’ that has become an established expression in society: ADHD. Reification is positioned as the key-element of this research, as it plays an important role in the medicalization of behaviour. Reification is regarded as a phenomenon that is caused by several factors, such as imagery and language as powerful tools for the social construction of reality. Of these factors, generalization, as a form of logical error, is selected as the main angle for this scientific endeavour.  The study is funded by the University of Groningen.


Stepped diagnosis for ADHD: reducing over diagnosis without risking under treatment

Researchers: Sanne te Meerman & Laura Batstra

ADHD is the number-one disorder among children. Drug prescription for ADHD has also reached epidemic proportions. Parents who take their hyperactive child to the family doctor are often referred directly to a psychiatrist, who then diagnoses ADHD. In this project, parents who seek help because of their child’s hyperactivity and/or concentration problems, are offered parent management group training in a pre-diagnostic stage.  Only if this approach proves insufficient, the child will be recommended for psychiatric assessment and/or medication treatment. The goal is to reduce over diagnosis of childhood ADHD, without risking under treatment of problems. The study is funded by ‘NutsOhra’ and the municipality of Stadskanaal.


Views on ADHD: the effect of online education

Researcher: Lotte Koning, MSc

In the years to come, the Dutch child welfare system will be transformed: from 2016 onwards the municipalities will be responsible for all youth care services. The new youth care system should decrease the rapidly growing use of the specialized services. The prevailing neurobiological view on attention and hyperactivity problems – heavily promoted by pharmaceutical companies - may hinder this transformation process.  In this project, the effect of online education on views held by parents, teachers, children and policy makers,  is examined.  The study is funded by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport.

Iris Project

Ph.D. student: Dorijn Wubs

The Iris project is a narrative study on the experiences, needs and expertise of foster families caring for a sexually abused foster child. We study the experiences, needs and expertise of foster families caring for a sexually abused foster child, from a narrative perspective. The perspectives of the foster children and the biological children of the foster parents will be included. The stories will be used to develop an e-toolkit that may help foster families to provide better care for foster children with a history of sexual abuse. The study is funded by the ‘Stichting Kinderpostzegels Nederland’ and supported by Augeo Foundation.


Laatst gewijzigd:31 oktober 2014 11:33