I recently learned about an interesting survey sponsored by McNeil Consumer Healthcare and Speicialty Pharmaceuticals that was designed to examine how parents from different ethnic groups view ADHD and it's treatment. Some of the interesting findings from this study are summarized briefly below:
1. More than half (53%) of the respondents believe concern that their child will be "labeled" prevents parents from seeking appropriate treatment "a great deal."
2. More than one in three African Americans (36%), compared to 19 percent of Hispanics and 13 percent of Other respondents (95% of parents in this group were Caucasian), think that "parents' concern that treatment is based on their child's racial or ethnic background" prevents children with ADHD from getting proper treatment "a great deal".
3. African Americans were more likely than all other survey participants to believe that African American and Hispanic children are more apt to be misdiagnosed with ADHD, told they have ADHD, and be notified by a teacher that a child with learning or behavioral problems has ADHD if the child is African American or Hispanic than if the child is of some other ethnic group.
4. African Americans and Hispanics were less likely than Others to be aware of treatments that can help improve the symptoms of ADHD.
5. Among respondents with a child who had been diagnosed with ADHD, only 58 percent reported that the child was receiving treatment for the disorder. This means that over 40% of diagnosed children were not receiving any treatment accoding to their parent.
6. Of children receiving treatment, nearly six in ten (58%) reported their
child was receiving a combination of prescription medicine and behavioral
therapy, and one in three (33%) reported their child was being treated with
prescription medicine only. Nearly one in ten (8%) said their child was being
treated with counseling or behavioral therapy alone.
If you'd like to see a more extensive summary of the survey results, you
can find them at: