Date of Award

Spring 1998

Document Type

Restricted Thesis

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Black Studies Program, Psychology Department


In this paper, the author discusses psychological issues of African-American children and adolescents as they relate to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a condition which hinders the ability for children to function successfully in their environment. Culture’s ability to shape the environments in which ADHD behavior is observed is one reason why culture and ethnicity should be addressed when studying ADHD. African-Americans are a distinct ethnic subgroup of the United States and need to be addressed specifically in the discourse of ADHD. Included in this thesis is a discussion on some of the challenges of studying Attention Deficit within a racial context. Methodology includes case study analysis.


ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, African American youth, diagnosis, treatment, bias