Text box 3Moral dimensions of aggressive impulses

Male child:

Sometimes I play basketball and I don’t take my tablets and I might get into a fight and then I might do something really dumb. . . I don’t necessarily like to fight. When I take my tablets I can’t fight for my whole life. When I take them they make me, like, so calm I won’t do anything. . . [Another time someone said] ‘Hopefully when your sister’s born she’ll be born with Down’s Syndrome because you’re spastic.’ I got so angry so then in school I just got him and then I didn’t stop punching him until he – until I, like, smashed up his nose and stuff because I got so angry because I could take anything that comes in if they say it to me, but about my family I can’t take it.

From: APPENDIX 15, FOCUS GROUP STUDY OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE’S EXPERIENCE OF PSYCHOSTIMULANT MEDICATION

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