ADHD Diagnoses Influenced By Race, Socioeconomic Status

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Minority children are less likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than white children, according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics.

Insurance and socioeconomic status as well as race/ethnicity seem to influence whether a child is diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a new data brief from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

Patricia N. Pastor, PhD, and colleagues with the NCHS Office of Analysis and Epidemiology analyzed parent-reported data from the National Health Interview Survey.

This report adds to existing research by examining the relationship between selected demographic and socioeconomic characteristics and diagnosed ADHD in children, they say.
 

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