home
RSS
Minority children less likely to be diagnosed with ADHD
June 25th, 2013
01:20 PM ET

Minority children less likely to be diagnosed with ADHD

Minority children are far less likely than their white counterparts to be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a new study in this week's journal Pediatrics.

In fact, authors found that African-American children were 69% less likely to be diagnosed, while Hispanic children were 45% less likely to have an ADHD diagnosis.

More than 5 million children in the United States have been diagnosed with ADHD, according to the Centers for Disease Control.  In fact, it's the most commonly diagnosed mental health disorder in U.S. children.  A diagnosis can help kids get the proper treatment and medication they need, and early intervention can be key in helping a child learn.

The study authors surveyed more than 15,000 children nationwide and tracked them from kindergarten through eighth grade, checking in at kindergarten and first, third, fifth and eighth grades for a formal ADHD diagnosis.

"The strength is in the number. It's a solid study ... and reflects the whole country. " said Dr. Max Wiznitzer, a pediatric neurologist at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland who was not involved in the study.

Previous studies have looked at disparities between African-American children and white children, but this is the first study to look at a larger array of minority groups, said lead study author Paul Morgan.

Disproportionate populations are an issue in special education, said Morgan, an education professor at Penn State.

"Typically, what's been reported is over-representation," he said. "The tendency is that more minorities are overplaced in special education. But when you control for a lot of background characteristics, so that the only thing that you measure, the few studies that do that for special education, (have) found that minorities are less likely to get services."

Even when Morgan and his colleagues accounted for factors such as socioeconomics, low birth weight, and mother's age, the disparity in ADHD diagnosis between minority and white children persisted.

"I think we can say the disparities occur," he said. But researchers don't know why - "that warrants other investigation."

But what this study can do, said Morgan, is alert clinicians and educators to take a closer look when evaluating minority children for ADHD.

"Starting off early is really important," he said. "It's important to diagnose early because the learning issues can compound, and snowball and spiral negatively as you get older."


soundoff (537 Responses)
  1. Veola Galin

    Please let me know if you're looking for a article author for your blog. You have some really great articles and I think I would be a good asset. If you ever want to take some of the load off, I'd really like to write some content for your blog in exchange for a link back to mine. Please blast me an e-mail if interested. Regards!

    https://klein-bekker.technetbloggers.de/finding-an-oil-change-for-car-repair-inquincy-massachusetts/

    June 16, 2021 at 07:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. 파워볼 최상위 사이트

    Oh my goodness! Amazing article dude! Thanks, However I am experiencing troubles with your RSS. I donít know the reason why I can't join it. Is there anybody else having identical RSS problems? Anybody who knows the solution will you kindly respond? Thanx!!

    https://casino5artrifle21.mystrikingly.com/blog/a-casino-is-typically-a-spot-of-gaming-where-people-are-able-to-play-unique

    June 16, 2021 at 08:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Isidro Sialana

    you are really a just right webmaster. The site loading pace is amazing. It kind of feels that you're doing any distinctive trick. In addition, The contents are masterwork. you have performed a wonderful job on this topic!

    https://www.google.sh/url?q=https://tuinguvanphong.listal.com

    June 16, 2021 at 12:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. https://philadelphiaweekly.com/10-best-cbd-lubes-to-buy-in-2021/

    I couldn't refrain from commenting. Well written!

    https://philadelphiaweekly.com/10-best-cbd-lubes-to-buy-in-2021/

    June 16, 2021 at 12:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Leonard Riggens

    Hello. fantastic job. I did not expect this. This is a fantastic story. Thanks!

    https://nissen-johannsen.technetbloggers.de/rotors-failure-symptoms-brake-pad-fixed-milton-ma/

    June 16, 2021 at 23:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Latasha Herrin

    Hey! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I truly enjoy reading your posts. Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that deal with the same subjects? Thanks a ton!

    https://maps.google.dk/url?q=https://www.wishlistr.com/profile/tuinguvanphongtravelgear

    June 17, 2021 at 04:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Ramiro Janowiak

    Greetings! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a collection of volunteers and starting a new initiative in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us beneficial information to work on. You have done a marvellous job!

    https://quicymass-auto-insight08.bladejournal.com/post/2021/06/01/Quincy-MA-Rotors-Fixed:-How-exactly-to-Do-it-Yourself

    June 17, 2021 at 05:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Rayford Waitman

    Great post. I was checking continuously this blog and I'm impressed! Very helpful information particularly the last part 🙂 I care for such info much. I was looking for this certain info for a very long time. Thank you and good luck.

    https://canvas.instructure.com/eportfolios/205764/movingcompanyvlog8031/Trying_To_Find_The_Best_Movers_from_Boston_to_Florida

    June 17, 2021 at 23:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Giuseppe Guenison

    Hello my friend! I wish to say that this post is awesome, nice written and include almost all significant infos. I’d like to see more posts like this.

    https://in-homecare113.bladejournal.com/post/2021/06/01/Senior-Citizen-Treatment-in-Boston

    June 18, 2021 at 03:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Adan Freudenthal

    I precisely wanted to thank you so much yet again. I do not know the things that I would have carried out without these advice provided by you directly on that subject matter. Entirely was a very alarming problem in my position, however , witnessing the very specialised mode you processed the issue took me to leap for fulfillment. Now i am happier for this service and even believe you are aware of a powerful job you happen to be accomplishing instructing people by way of your web blog. I know that you've never met all of us.

    http://google.si/url?q=https://www.tickaroo.com/user/603b61de9713bce9a8641a4b

    June 18, 2021 at 03:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Omer Paskow

    Thanks , I have just been searching for information about this subject for ages and yours is the greatest I have discovered till now. But, what about the conclusion? Are you sure about the source?

    https://postheaven.net/quincymassachusetts-car-website54/automobile-resolved-in-quincy-massachusetts

    June 18, 2021 at 05:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Arnita Enderlin

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a online game where you can do anything you want. Second life is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these second life articles and blogs

    http://myvedana.blogspot.com/2008/12/hong-kong-rap.html?m=0

    June 18, 2021 at 11:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. 우리카지노

    Hi there! This blog post could not be written any better! Looking at this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He continually kept talking about this. I'll forward this information to him. Pretty sure he will have a great read. Thank you for sharing!

    http://altbookmark.com/story9163341/some-sort-of-simple-poker-technique-to-help-gain-hands-at-poker

    June 18, 2021 at 21:18 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

Leave a Reply to FgrsEncox


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

Advertisement
About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.