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J Med Assoc Thai. 2014 Feb;97 Suppl 2:S107-14.

Knowledge of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and its associated factors among teachers in 3 large primary schools in Phra Nakorn Sri Ayutthaya Province, Thailand.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Though attention deficit, hyperactivity disorder ADHD is a common problem in childhood. Thai teachers' knowledge regarding the disease has never been assessed.

OBJECTIVE:

To identify knowledge of Thai teachers regardingADHD and its influencingfactors.

MATERIAL AND METHOD:

Cross-sectional study was operated in three primary schools in Ayutthaya, Thailand. Standardized questionnaires comprised ofdemographic data, ADHD experiences and the Knowledge of Attention Deficit Disorder Scale, KADDS, were distributed to participating teachers. Results were reported using frequency, percent, mean, and standard deviation. Association between demographic and ADHD experiences and the KADDS score was identified by logistic regression analysis.

RESULTS:

Lack ofknowledge of ADHD among teachers was apparent. Only 19.4% of them passed the total scale of KADDS. Teachers under 31-years-old were more likely to pass general information and signs, symptoms & diagnosis subscales and total scale. In addition, familiarity with ADHD patients was associated with passing scores of general information subscale and total scale.

CONCLUSION:

Despite public awareness of ADHD, Thai teachers lacked knowledge concerning the disease. Young teachers were more acquainted with ADHD. Direct experience with ADHD patient might help teachers develop their knowledge on ADHD.

PMID:
25518183
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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