Posted on Monday 31st March 2014
A new book, Psychopathology at School: Theorizing mental disorders in education, has been published by Routledge. The book, written by Valerie Harwood, University of Woollongong, and Julie Allan, and drawing on research undertaken in Australia and in Scotland, addresses concerns about the rising numbers of children whose behaviour is recognized, understood as a medicalised mental health disorder, and given a diagnostic label such as ADHD. The book charts the ways in which mental disorders have become commonplace in childhood and youth, from birth through to college and university, but also reports instances of professionals refusing to pathologise children’s behaviour. It ends with a consideration of the possibilities for alternative educational responses that avoid a mental disorder diagnosis.
Download the flyer for Psychopathology at School (PDF, 567KB)