4_From Hyperactive Children to ADHD Adults - Conrad and Potter (1)

4_From Hyperactive Children to ADHD Adults - Conrad and Potter (1)

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From Hyperactive Children to ADHD Adults 561 may expand in new ways. Medical diagnostic categories, perhaps especially psychiatric catego- ries (Horwitz forthcoming), are often fluid and subject to expansion or contraction. The extension of established diagnoses is especially interesting for it can occur almost unnoticed as a part of regular medical practice and, at the same time, expand the realm of medicalization in significant ways. To examine this phenomenon, we can find a similar process in the social constructionist frame for studying social problems. "Domain expansion" describes a process by which definitions of social problems expand and become more inclusive (Best 1990; Loseke 1999). Domain expansion encompasses claims- making work that extends the definitional boundaries of an established social problem to include similar or related conditions. Best (1990) examined the emerging definitions of child abuse and found that "by 1976, the issue encompassed a much broader array of conditions threatening children. The more general term 'child abuse' had replaced the earlier, narrower concept of 'battered child' and the even broader
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This note was uploaded on 10/10/2010 for the course ENG 000121 taught by Professor Mcgrand during the Spring '10 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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