Attitudes about stimulant medication for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder among African American families in an inner city community.

TitleAttitudes about stimulant medication for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder among African American families in an inner city community.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsdosReis S, Butz A, Lipkin PH, Anixt JS, Weiner CL, Chernoff R
JournalThe journal of behavioral health services & research
Volume33
Issue4
Pagination423-30
Date Published2006 Oct
Abstract

Limited information exists on views among African American families living in low-income, inner-city communities regarding the treatment of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Parents of children treated for ADHD in an urban primary care setting were recruited to complete a survey to assess attitudes toward stimulant medications. Although most (71%) were initially hesitant to use stimulants based on what they heard in the lay press, 63% would recommend stimulant medication to a relative/friend whose child had ADHD. Approximately 17% believed stimulants led to drug abuse, 21% preferred counseling over medication, 21% felt medications had bad side effects, and 23% believed that too many children were medicated for ADHD. Most (90%) felt the medication was safe if a physician recommended it. Views did not differ between participants whose child had or had not received counseling. Additional studies are needed to clarify whether such views impact treatment choices and health outcomes.

DOI10.1371/journal.pone.0064024
Alternate JournalJ Behav Health Serv Res