Students with ADHD are more likely to come from disadvantaged communities

Young people diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to come from deprived communities.

A study led by academics at the University of Nottingham and funded by the National Institute for Health Research has revealed that children with ADHD are twice as likely to come from the most socio-economically deprived neighbourhoods in England than the least deprived.

Furthermore, the study finds that official diagnoses of the condition are notably lower than research evidence suggests they should be.

The overall number of people diagnosed with ADHD is roughly one per cent of the population, but this is considerably lower than the three to five per cent that would be expected based on evidence from previous research studies.

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