Children diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) whose parents were born in non-Western countries are less likely to be treated with stimulant medication compared with their Western counterparts.

Local researchers examined data from more than 600,000 people born in WA between 1980 and 2007 and found 13,555 (or 2% of) children or adolescents diagnosed with ADHD used stimulants to treat the symptoms.

In breaking down the data, they found 5% (or 734 children) treated with stimulants for ADHD had parents born in Africa, Asia, the Middle East or South America.

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