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Critical reflections on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in the criminal justice system: Swedish female ex-offenders’ narratives of diagnosis

Critical reflections on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in the criminal justice system: Swedish female ex-offenders’ narratives of diagnosis

Österman, Linnéa Anna Margareta (2018) Critical reflections on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in the criminal justice system: Swedish female ex-offenders’ narratives of diagnosis. The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice, 57 (4). pp. 453-471. ISSN 2059-1101 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/hojo.12267)

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Abstract

Recent years have seen an emerging link between ADHD and criminal behaviour. Sweden is a leader in this field of research, and high levels of ADHD are reported in the Swedish criminal justice system. The aetiology of the condition, however, remains unclear and there is definite ambivalence in the literature regarding both diagnosis and treatments. Offering a unique qualitative perspective on the role of ADHD diagnoses, this paper critically explores female first-hand narratives of ADHD in the Swedish criminal justice system. A number of diagnostic functions are proposed; 1) on the individual level – via a rationalised explanatory framework of behaviour; 2) on a societal level – with attention effectively being deflected from social and environmental contexts; 3) on an institutional level – linked to the medicalised management of offender populations, and lastly; 4) on a broader market level – including huge pharmaceutical interests in a relentlessly expanding 'treatment' market.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ADHD, criminal justice, female offender, Sweden, diagnosis
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Law & Criminology (LAC)
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2020 01:38
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: GREAT a
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/20157

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