Adaptive will: the evolution of attention deficit disorder.

@article{Lakoff2000AdaptiveWT,
  title={Adaptive will: the evolution of attention deficit disorder.},
  author={Andrew Lakoff},
  journal={Journal of the history of the behavioral sciences},
  year={2000},
  volume={36 2},
  pages={149-69}
}
  • Andrew Lakoff
  • Published 2000 in Journal of the history of the behavioral sciences
The increasing prevalence of attention-deficit disorder among American school children was a source of significant controversy in the 1990s. This paper looks at the social and historical contexts in which ADD evolved in order to understand its emergence as a coherent and widespread entity. Changes in expert models of child behavior interacted with the formation of new identities around disability to shape a milieu in which the disorder could thrive. The pattern of affect control, of what must… CONTINUE READING