Master of Arts
This thesis argues that the under-diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) in black children is a result of racism that is structurally and institutionally embedded within school policing policies, and the tendency to not recognize black illness. The purpose of this research is to examine how micro-processes lead to structural inequality within education for black children. It seeks to better understand how institutionalized racism and flawed behavioral ascriptions lead to the under-diagnosis of ADHD in black children, and how that may also lead to their over-representation in the school-to-prison pipeline. The goal of this study was to collect ethnographic, empirical data on the ways that racism within some schools 1) may contribute to the under-diagnosis of ADHD in black children, 2) how their under-diagnosis and lack of treatment leads to their over-punishment, and 3) how they are over-represented in the school-to prison pipeline, possibly as a result of such disparities.
Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Moody, Myles Daniel, "From Under-Diagnosis to Over-Representation: Black Children, ADHD, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline" (2015). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1146.