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"It's a problem with the brain" : a discursive analysis of parents' constructions of ADHD

  title={"It's a problem with the brain" : a discursive analysis of parents' constructions of ADHD},
  author={Alison Davies},
This thesis takes a discursive approach to the talk of parents of children with an ADHD diagnosis. It uses data from 2 focus groups, 10 individual interviews and 3 mother/father interviews. The thesis adopts a synthetic approach to discourse and draws on the analytic concepts associated with both conversation analysis and with discursive approaches more concerned with the wider social context. The concepts of interpretative repertoires and subject positions are used to argue that prevalent… Expand


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