Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Armstrong, J. Kevin

Committee Member

Spirrison, Charles

Committee Member

Jacquin, M. Kristine

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Educators’ knowledge of and attitudes towards Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) vary. Still, teachers serve a crucial role in the diagnostic and referral processes regarding ADHD in children. Educational videos on ADHD aim to develop or alter viewers’ knowledge and attitudes. This study investigated the impact of two different videos on preservice teacher knowledge, opinions, and referral tendencies for ADHD children. One video was consistent with a medical model, multi-disciplinary approach to understanding ADHD while the other video provided a critical and ultimately negative review of the diagnostic category and its application. Results indicated that preservice teacher knowledge, opinions and referral attitudes were impacted by the type of video they viewed. Specifically, preservice teachers viewing the video with a decidedly negative stance on ADHD had reduced willingness to endorse referral options for a child. Notably, their opinions about the usefulness of stimulant medication for the disorder became more negative.