Workshop Diagnostic labels: June 10th

We are pleased to invite you for a workshop on diagnostic labels for developmental disorders (e.g. ADHD and autism). This workshop is part of an interdisciplinary research project hosted by Utrecht University, under the strategic theme Dynamics of Youth. Please feel free to forward this invitation to people in your network who may have an interest in this topic. 

When: 10 June, 12:00 -14:00 (AMS time)
Where: Online, you’ll receive a link and login code once registered


Dr. S. Noordemeer (Social Sciences)
title: Stigma en het label ADHD
It is often assumed the diagnostic labels worsen stigma, and that we should therefore change the way we use labels like ADHD. In the presentation we offer the results of various studies that investigated the effects of the label ADHD on stigma.   

S. Aandewiel (Medical Anthropology and Sociology, MA student)
Title: Navigating DSM-Classifications in Practice

In this session, preliminary findings will be presented from an anthropological/sociological study of practices of classification and care in an academic hospital.  

M. van Lange (Utrecht Medical School, PhD candidate)
Title: ADHD Explained: A Discourse Analysis of how Psychoeducational Materials Discuss ADHD

How parents and children understand and interact with the classification ADHD is shaped by how psychoeducational materials inform them about this classification. We studied the discourse used in 41 written psychoeducational materials on ADHD in four different languages: British English, American English, Dutch and Hungarian. In this presentation we will discuss our preliminary findings on how discourse about ADHD is constructed in these materials. 

Dr. S Werkhoven and Dr. J. Anderson (philosophy)
The use of development disorder labels serves different purposes for different stakeholders and in different contexts of use. In this presentation we outline the main purposes of label use and point out the contexts in which their use is most contested. In light of this analysis, we offer a set of general ethical conclusions about the use of diagnostic labels.