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Living with ADHD: A Meta-Synthesis Review of Qualitative Research on Children’s Experiences and Understanding of Their ADHD
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3825-042X
2019 (English)Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Objective

The aim of the following study was to systematically search for and review qualitative research on children’s and adolescents’ everyday experiences and understanding of their ADHD, and to suggest an integrative synthesis of the results.

Methods

The method that was used as a guide for the synthesis of the qualitative studies is the one suggested by Sandelowski and Barroso (2007). This broadly used method in the context of health-care research (Saini & Shlonsky, 2012) aims to systematically review and integrate the findings from various qualitative research reports and to suggest an understanding of the phenomenon in a manner entailing more than merely the sum of all the studies’ results (Sandelowski & Barroso, 2007). The method consists of three stages: firstly, a systematic search for and retrieval of qualitative research reports; secondly, a critical appraisal of the identified reports according to inclusion criteria; and thirdly, an interpretative integration of the findings of those studies regarded as eligible by creating a categorisation of these findings.

Results / Discussion

In total, 16 published and unpublished qualitative studies on the subject were identified. The analysis identified four categories: (1) experiences related to one’s body and psychological abilities: lack of control, having difficulties, and the biological determination of these experiences; (2) ambivalent experiences related to one’s own psychological needs: a need to adjust oneself and a need to be accepted as ‘who I am’; (3) ambivalent experience related to social others: demands and expectations are a problem, experiencing lack of belonging and stigma, but also receiving help from close social others; and (4) experiences related to the formation of personal identity.

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2019.
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Applied Psychology Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-168300OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-168300DiVA, id: diva2:1307856
Conference
7th World Congress on ADHD. From Child to Adult Disorder, Lisbon, Portugal, 25-28 April, 2019
Projects
Living with ADHD: How children with ADHD and their parents perceive and cope with the disorderAvailable from: 2019-04-29 Created: 2019-04-29 Last updated: 2019-05-15Bibliographically approved

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