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Mass media's handling of scientific critique of Ritalin, concerta & strattcra: A social constructionist perspective on psychotropic agents
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9997-3926
Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3472-8441
2017 (English)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 54, no 3, 181-208 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article aims to examine how scientific critique of pharmacological treatment with Ritalin, Concerta and Strattera for ADHD (Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is handled in eight of the largest newspapers in Sweden, 2002-2015 (n=183 articles). The media study explores the terminology used; the depiction of long-Term harmful effects; the actors given space to express their views; the attention displayed to alternative treatments; the representation of pharmaceutical studies; the role of news and debate articles; the significance of conflicts of interest; and whether ADHD is portrayed as a medical condition. The results show that mass media, in numerous ways, neglects or undermines the critique of pharmacological interventions for ADHD put forward in the scientific literature. In the article a social constructionist approach to psychotropic agents is developed, highlighting the significance of what the authors call "psy- chopharmacological elasticity." The concept illustrates that the boundary between medicines and harmful agents, such as drugs, is flexible from a scientific standpoint and depends on collective definitional processes in society.

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Sociologisk Forskning , 2017. Vol. 54, no 3, 181-208 p.
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ADHD, Mass media, Medication, Ritalin, Social construction
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-37233Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85032223460OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-37233DiVA: diva2:1155806
Available from: 2017-11-09 Created: 2017-11-09 Last updated: 2017-11-09Bibliographically approved

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