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Parents' Fear of Addiction, Education, Income, Child's Gender, and Perception of Stimulants

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This quantitative study proposed to examine the relationship between parents' fear of addiction, level of education, household income, gender of their child, and parents' perception of stimulant medication to treat ADHD symptoms. Binomial logistic regression analyses revealed that fear of addiction and household income significantly impacted parents' perceptions of stimulant medication. Findings may guide parents of children with ADHD academically struggling because of their inability to maintain attention to tasks. Results may also provide information to increase the understanding of the risks and benefits of different types of treatment to address ADHD symptoms and open up a discussion on how beliefs may contribute to raising who will have a lifetime of mental illness, which eventually will affect that child’s life.