PERCEPTION OF TEACHERS OF 7-10 YEAR-OLD STUDENTS FACING BEHAVIOURS THAT CAN SUGGEST THE ATTENTION-DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER (ADHD)
2 Amorim, C., Romanelli, B.M.B., Neumann, K., Correa, M.R., Tassinari, P.R, and Kucmansky, R.C., PUC/PR Catholic University of Paran/Curitiba, Brazil
The purpose of this research is to evaluate the perception of teachers of 7- 10 year old students, about behavioural characteristics that suggest the ADHD. Teachers of 6 public schools were ask to evaluate 21 students that they perceived as hyperactive, filling the ADHD scale of Benczik (2000). The research group established that 52% of the students showed deficit of attention and hyperactivity above the expected, showing more problems when compared with the majority of children at the same age. 64% of these students that had deficit of attention and hyperactivity, also showed learning problems and 73% of them showed anti-social behaviour. 62% of all the students evaluated by the research had anti-social behaviour sometimes with associated problems or not. Only 29% of the students evaluated by the teachers showed the association of: deficit of attention, hyperactivity, impulsivity, learning problems and anti-social behaviour. The teachers associated ADHD with anti-social behaviour (62%) more than with learning problems (38%). It shows that there were more students evaluated as anti- social behaviour that with deficit of attention. This indicates that the teachers establish an important relationship between inadequate behaviours and ADHD. This research shows that the teachers need more information about the disorder to know how to act with each student to help him indicating the child to a treatment. It's very important to give a special attention to these students to make them develop their potentialities.