WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- To honor National Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Awareness Day, the National Alliance for Hispanic Health (the Alliance) today released findings from a national survey of Hispanic and non-Hispanic parents investigating potential barriers to diagnosis and treatment of ADHD, as well as parents' awareness and perception of ADHD treatment. The survey found that Hispanic parents are less aware of where to seek help for ADHD compared to non-Hispanic parents (36 and 22%, respectively), and see greater barriers to treatment including social stigmas and health system obstacles.
"New findings from today's ADHD Awareness survey underscore the urgency of awareness, reducing stigma, and making sure every parent gets the help they need to deal with ADHD," says Dr. Jane L. Delgado, president and chief executive officer of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health. "As a psychologist and parent, I have seen families struggle with ADHD. Every parent of a child with ADHD needs to know support is available, and that with appropriate education and treatment, their child can have a productive, creative, and successful life."
The ADHD Awareness survey was designed to revisit data collected as part of the Cultural Attitudes & Perceptions about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder survey previously conducted in 2002 for McNeil Pediatrics. Key findings from the 2007 released today include:
-- One-third (36%) of Hispanic parents report that if their child had ADHD they would not know where to go for help - an increase from 31% reported in the 2002 survey. -- A majority of Hispanic parents (59%) report that they have not received information about ADHD in the language of their preference. -- A majority of Hispanic parents report that not having information (54%), the cost of treatment (54%) and not wanting their child to take medication (53%) matters "a great deal" in preventing children with ADHD from getting appropriate treatment. -- Almost a third of Hispanic parents (30%) report that they would worry "very much" about their child being discriminated against because of ADHD. Help for Parents
To mark National ADHD Awareness Day, the Alliance announced the release of a new bilingual fact sheet on ADHD. The Alliance also announced the availability of personalized assistance for parents through the Alliance's Su Familia (Your Family) National Hispanic Family Health Helpline (1-866-783- 2645) to learn more about ADHD and health services in their community. For more information, parents can also text the keyword ADHD to 30644.
In addition, the Alliance announced the second printing of a free bilingual guide to help parents recognize ADHD and learn about the rights of children with disabilities to a quality education and support services in the public schools. The guide was originally developed by the Alliance in collaboration with Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD).
This step-by-step guide explains the policies and procedures that public schools must follow in order to provide appropriate public education to children with disabilities. The guide provides resources and valuable scenarios that can help parents determine if their child needs to be evaluated for ADHD and what they can do to become effective advocates to ensure their child gets the support they need.
For more information, please visit http://www.hispanichealth.org/. About ADHD
According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), about four million children and adolescents in the U.S. have ADHD. The National Institute of Mental Health states that there are several types of professionals who typically diagnose ADHD. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM/IV), the fundamental feature of ADHD is a constant pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that is more frequently displayed and more severe than is typically observed in individuals at a similar level of development. To receive a diagnosis, symptoms must be present in at least two settings and must have persisted for at least six months. In addition, six or more symptoms of inattention or hyperactivity-impulsivity, or both must be present. Usually, the disorder is first diagnosed during elementary school years, when school adjustment is compromised.
About the ADHD Awareness Survey
The 2007 ADHD Awareness Survey was conducted for the National Alliance for Hispanic Health by Richard Day Research, Inc., with the support of McNeil Pediatrics, a Division of McNeil-PPC, Inc. The survey was designed to revisit data collected as part of the Cultural Attitudes & Perceptions about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder survey conducted in 2002 for McNeil Pediatrics.
The survey was fielded August 29 through September 5, 2007 through an online panel supplied by Survey Sampling International. It included 500 Hispanic parents with children ages 6-17, and a comparison group of 500 non- Hispanic parents with children ages 6-17.
About the National Alliance for Hispanic Health
The National Alliance for Hispanic Health is the nation's foremost source of information and trusted advocate for the health of Hispanics in the United States. The Alliance represents thousands of Hispanic health providers across the nation providing services to more than 14 million each year, making a daily difference in the lives of Hispanic communities and families. For more information on Hispanic health and well being, visit http://www.hispanichealth.org/ or call the Alliance's Su Familia National Hispanic Family Health Helpline at 866-783-2645.
The sponsorship of this program was made possible by McNeil Pediatrics, a Division of McNeil-PPC, Inc.
Contact: Adam J. Segal (202) 422-4673 [email protected] Alliance for Hispanic Health
Web site: http://www.hispanichealth.org/