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Negotiating parental accountability in the face of uncertainty for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Gray Brunton, Carol; McVittie, Chris; Ellison, Marion; Willock, Joyce

Authors

Chris McVittie

Marion Ellison

Joyce Willock



Abstract

Despite extensive research into attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), parents’ constructions of their
children’s behaviors have received limited attention. This is particularly true outside North American contexts, where
ADHD is less established historically. Our research demonstrates how United Kingdom parents made sense of ADHD
and their own identities postdiagnosis. Using discourse analysis from interviews with 12 parents, we show that they
drew from biological and social environmental repertoires when talking about their child’s condition, paralleling
repertoires found circulating in the United Kingdom media. However, in the context of parental narratives, both these
repertoires were difficult for parents to support and involved problematic subject positions for parental accountability
in the child’s behavior. In this article we focus on the strategies parents used to negotiate these troublesome identities
and construct accounts of moral and legitimate parenting in a context in which uncertainties surrounding ADHD existed and parenting was scrutinzed.

Citation

Gray Brunton, C., McVittie, C., Ellison, M., & Willock, J. (2014). Negotiating parental accountability in the face of uncertainty for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Qualitative Health Research, 24, 242-253. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732314522108

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2014
Deposit Date Jun 3, 2015
Publicly Available Date Sep 21, 2016
Print ISSN 1049-7323
Electronic ISSN 1552-7557
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Pages 242-253
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732314522108
Keywords attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); discourse analysis; medicalization; parenting; uncertainty;
Public URL http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/8406
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1049732314522108