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Record number 536185
Title ‘You must know what you mean when you say that’: the morality of knowledge claims about ADHD in radio phone-ins
Author(s) Versteeg, Wytske; Molder, Hedwig Te
Source Sociology of Health and Illness 40 (2018)4. - ISSN 0141-9889 - p. 718 - 734.
Department(s) Strategic Communication
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2018
Abstract Drawing on a corpus of radio phone-ins, we present a discursive psychological
analysis of how mothers carefully tailor their knowledge claims regarding their
children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Mothers typically
claim knowledge about their children’s good intentions, but not about the ‘ADHDness’ of their conduct. Whereas the former is seen as appropriate knowledge for a concerned parent, the latter is treated as a matter of expert knowledge. We show that as soon as problematic behaviour is treated as observable from the outside and describable by mothers and other lay persons, it becomes vulnerable to being formulated as ‘normal disobedience’, rather than symptomatic of a professionally administered, doctorable condition. We argue that it is important to be aware of the moralities hidden in knowledge claims, as they help sustain an unproductive perspective in which either the child’s brain or his mother is blamed for behaviour perceived as problematic.
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