International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being Call for Papers


 Understanding children and young adults diagnosed with ADHD – a critical standpoint

QHW_Cover_300x400Special issue editors:
Elisabeth Punzi, Gothenburg University,
Soly Erlandsson, University West,

Psychiatric diagnoses are increasingly classified and/or described as neurobiological diseases or dysfunctions. However, classifications cannot be equated with evidence that the entities concerned are neurobiological physical disorders. However, this has not prevented conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) from being depicted as neurobiological dysfunctions, hence possible to treat with pharmaceuticals. Thus the concept of ADHD has gradually shifted focus from social dilemmas, child rearing practices, social injustice and commercialization, to inherent dysfunctions in the individual child; a process that serves the interests of the pharmaceutical industry. Furthermore, what role does a culture focusing largely on consumption play in its urge to give young people a diagnosis?

This special issue welcomes contributions that discuss ADHD from a broad range of non-neurobiological perspectives and contexts, such as:

  • implications for practice, policy, or theory
  • social dilemmas and child rearing practices
  • alternative perspectives in history taking and choice of treatment
  • medicalization as a function of commercialization
  • social, socioeconomic and contextual aspects
  • The child’s inner drama, symbols and imaginations


The approval process involves two steps:

  1. In the first step, an abstract (maximum of 500 words) written in English, presenting rationale, theory and results of the contribution should be sent to DEADLINE: May 1, 2016
  2. In the second step, after approval of the abstract by the editors, a full paper should be submitted via the journal’s website. DEADLINE: August 15, 2016


Manuscript submission (second step):

Please read the Author Guidelines. Manuscripts will undergo thorough peer-review and will be published if approved by reviewers and accepted by the editors.


Important deadlines:

Deadline for abstract submission:
May 1, 2016

Announcement of accepted abstract:
May 20, 2016

Deadline for manuscript submission:
August 15, 2016

Comments from the editors and reviewers:
October 1, 2016

Deadline for final (revised) version:
November 1, 2016

Expected publication of the special issue edition:
January 2017


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