Cultural Differences Between Parent and Teacher Report of ADHD Symptoms: Implications for Disparities in Diagnosis
Date of Submission
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
Robert A DiTomasso, PhD, ABPP, Chair, Department of Psychology
Beverly White, PsyD, Chairperson
Susan Panichelli Mindel, PhD
Jenelle Nissley Tsiopinis, PhD
Despite lack of empirical support for differing incidence of ADHD, African American children are diagnosed with ADHD at significantly lower rates than Caucasian children. Research suggests that parents of African American children report ADHD symptoms less frequently than parents of Caucasian children; however, teachers are more likely to report more symptoms and more behavioral problems for African American children than for Caucasian children. The present study attempted to discern what some of these differences can be attributed to by controlling for the variables of age, gender, IQ score, diagnosis, and socioeconomic factors. The present study did not find differences in parent report of ADHD symptoms by ethnicity, but did find that both teachers and parents reported significantly more behavioral symptoms for African American children.
Troffo, Elisabeth, "Cultural Differences Between Parent and Teacher Report of ADHD Symptoms: Implications for Disparities in Diagnosis" (2013). PCOM Psychology Dissertations. 268.