Tiffany Green Applied Final Project Part I: Your Lot in Life February, 2012

I chose the following scenario for my Lot in Life project: Your 6-year-old has just been
diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).


Whalen, C. K., Odgers, C. L., Reed, P. L., & Henker, B. (2011). Dissecting daily distress
in mothers of children with ADHD: An electronic diary study. Journal Of Family
Psychology, 25(3), 402-411.
In this article, the authors show the connection between the stress mothers of
children with ADHD feel and the behaviors that those children display. The
authors used fixed-rate analysis in order to eliminate individual differences in the
mothers and children used in the study. The article goes on to focus on several
subsets including the impact of the children’s behaviors on the parents, and the
mothers own potential medical history.

Bruchmüller, K., Margraf, J., & Schneider, S. (2011). Is ADHD diagnosed in accord with
diagnostic criteria? Overdiagnosis and influence of client gender on diagnosis. Journal Of
Consulting And Clinical Psychology.
In this article, the authors attempt to solve some of the questions surrounding the
diagnosis of ADHD. At this time, most children who are diagnosed with ADHD
are boys. The authors of the article feel that children are being diagnosed using a
prototype diagnosis rather than an in depth diagnostic look. Using case vignettes
that were duplicated and only had the variable of whether or not the patient was a
boy or a girl, the authors were able to draw a conclusion that supported their
hypothesis of overdiagnosis.

Tiffany Green Applied Final Project Part I: Your Lot in Life February, 2012
Daley, D., & Birchwood, J. (2010). ADHD and academic performance: why does ADHD
impact on academic performance and what can be done to support ADHD children in the
classroom?. Child: Care, Health & Development, 36(4), 455-464.
This article focuses on the reality of ADHD children in the classroom, and how
teachers adapt to meet their special needs. The article covers various periods in
the school cycle of a child with ADHD, from preschool years to adulthood. The
article examines the connection between ADHD and the academic challenges
facing children with the diagnosis.

Ho, C., David Wai-Ock, C., Patrick W. L., L., Suk-Han, L., & Suk-Man, T. (2005).
Reading-Related Cognitive Deficits in Developmental Dyslexia, Attention-
Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and Developmental Coordination Disorder among
Chinese Children. Reading Research Quarterly, 40(3), 318-337.
In this article the authors focus on comparisons between different learning
disorders and their respective cognitive difficulties. The article goes on to test for
differences in literacy, intelligence and other subsets. The conclusion drawn by
the authors ultimately show that children suffering from ADHD are less impaired
than children suffering from some other listed diagnosis.

Danckaerts, M., Sonuga-Barke, E. S., Banaschewski, T., Buitelaar, J., Döpfner, M.,
Hollis, C., & ... Coghill, D. (2010). The quality of life of children with attention
deficit/hyperactivity disorder: a systematic review. European Child & Adolescent
Psychiatry, 19(2), 83-105.
This article reviews the individual’s perception of their position in life. The
authors focus on systematic system of determining factors. Those factors are: The
impact of Quality of life, The relationships between ADHD symptoms and QOL
and how the treatment of ADHD affects QOL. The article also focuses on the
differences between the perceptions of children suffering with ADHD and their