African-American teenagers' stories of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder

Mirka Koro-Ljungberg, Regina Bussing, Pamela Williamson, Jeffrianne Wilder, Terry Mills

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Cultural differences in illness perceptions and treatment access of teens with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are evident yet under studied. The purpose of this qualitative paper is to explore how African-American teenagers describe and narrate stories about their lives with ADHD. Data were gathered from four African-American teens in the Southern United States through a qualitative experience sampling method, and stories were analyzed using narrative analysis framed within the context of African-American rhetorical traditions. We argue that the study of teen-constructed narratives and culturally-situated talk are tools that can improve communication between healthcare providers and teens by illuminating the ways teens construct their personalized realities of ADHD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)467-485
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Child and Family Studies
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • ADHD
  • African-American teenagers
  • Communication
  • Narrative analysis
  • Story

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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