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Preface This volume represents the collective effort of the four editors and the range of authors who contributed chapters. The book’s origin stems back to a conversation between Peter Conrad and Ilina Singh in 2013. Peter and Ilina each had long-­term research interests in ADHD and had conducted research in the United States and the United Kingdom, respectively. That conversation then extended to include two other researchers with interests in ADHD: Meredith Bergey and Angela Filipe. Peter and Meredith had already completed an article on the international migration of ADHD diagnosis and treatment and both Ilina and Angela had explored some comparative aspects of ADHD. Together we knew that ­ there was no extant volume on the social dimensions of ADHD in dif­fer­ ent countries and we agreed that it would be a worthwhile endeavor to produce such a book. Thus our editorial team was born, with roots extending across both sides of the Atlantic. The editors deci­ ded early on in the proj­ ect that, with the exception of some general, specific topics that each author would be asked to touch on, chapters should be unique: focusing on case studies of specific countries rather than following formal comparative guidelines for each chapter. Wherever pos­ si­ ble we wanted to emphasize the social dimensions of diagnosis and treatment from a social science perspective. Thus we solicited researchers whose work aligned with such a perspective, as opposed to the more clinical discussions that we felt had dominated much of the lit­ er­ a­ ture on ADHD. We located ­ these authors through our own networks, contacting scholars who ­ were engaged in ADHD research in a specific country, and asking colleagues about potential contributors. This turned out to be a greater, more time-­ intensive challenge than we had first anticipated. In the end, we included authors for 16 countries. ­These are for the most part a purposive sample of countries, that is, countries where we could locate contributors with appropriate expertise. We ­ were disappointed not to end up with contributions from additional countries, but we could not always locate appropriately x  Preface involved social researchers or, in several cases, researchers who could provide an article in En­ glish. It turned out to be another challenge to edit a book where many of the chapters ­ were contributed by authors for whom En­ glish was not their first language. For one country (Japan), we had two dif­fer­ ent contributors, much by happenstance, as one provided an in­ter­est­ing and impor­tant context for the other. We thank all the contributors who worked with the editors to develop and focus their chapters so they fit the context and goals of the book. In some instances this took several revisions before the chapter met our needs. We appreciate their patience on a proj­ ect of this size and scope. We are grateful for the assistance of Sharon Hogan, who came on to the proj­ ect when it was already well on the way and provided her outstanding editorial expertise to improve readability across such a large volume. We also thank Robin W. Coleman, our editor at Johns Hopkins University Press, for his support and enthusiasm for this book. Fi­ nally, we are thankful for the electronic technology that facilitated the completion of a proj­ ect whose editors and authors are scattered around the world. Global Perspectives on ADHD This page intentionally left blank ...


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