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Gendering attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: a discursive analysis of UK newspaper stories

Horton-Salway, Mary (2013). Gendering attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: a discursive analysis of UK newspaper stories. Journal of Health Psychology, 18(8) pp. 1085–1099.

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Abstract

Discursive psychology is used to study the gendering of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in UK national newspapers in the period of 2009-11. The analysis examines how gendering is embedded in causal attributions and identity constructions. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is portrayed as a predominantly male phenomemon with representations of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder being gendered through extreme stories about victims, villains or heroes that depict boys and men as marginalised, exceptional or dangerous. There is also a focus on mothers as the spokespersons and caregivers for parenting and family health while fathers are rendered more invisible. This contributes to our understanding of how attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is constructed in the media using a range of gendered representations that draw on cultural stereotypes familiar in Western societies.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2012 The Author(s)
ISSN: 1461-7277
Extra Information: First published online: 1 October 2012
Keywords: communication; disability; gender; media; qualitative methods; social representations; stigma
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Psychology in the Social Sciences
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
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Item ID: 34459
Depositing User: Mary Horton-Salway
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2012 09:08
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2013 16:47
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/34459
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