Young adolescents' experiences of living with giftedness and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Dixon Tillitski, Martha Jane
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Through a qualitative study using the methods of interview, participant observations, and gathering archival data, the researcher investigated how young gifted adolescents diagnosed as ADHD viewed their experiences at home, at school, and during extra curricular activities in regard to his/her emotional and social challenges. Findings indicated that parent advocacy for the student was a positive influence, and extracurricular activities served as productive outlets for the students' energy and creative inclinations. Additionally, the students expressed strong opinions about teacher and classroom strategies. Finally, the young adolescents viewed ADHD as a positive element in their lives. Discussion of how these findings may affect teacher and/or parent interaction with young gifted adolescents diagnosed with ADHD is provided, and implications for further research on the emotional and social challenges of the young gifted adolescent with ADHD are highlighted.