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duPlessis Nelson, J. (2015). How Do You Solve a Problem Like Agbon?: The Trials and Tribulations of Applying Diagnoses to Children of a Foreign Culture. J. Infant Child Adolesc. Psychother., 14(4):423-433.
  

(2015). Journal of Infant, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy, 14(4):423-433

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How Do You Solve a Problem Like Agbon?: The Trials and Tribulations of Applying Diagnoses to Children of a Foreign Culture

Justine duPlessis Nelson, Ph.D.

A European mother and her young adopted African son were referred to this clinician for an evaluation due to extreme behavior problems in school and significant difficulty learning in a group. The evaluation process quickly becomes quite complex: do we assign Western diagnoses such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder? Or do we instead consider his life experiences? The stakes are higher since only the diagnosis of a learning disorder will grant him school accommodations and fee reimbursement from the insurance. The author concludes that diagnosis does not always allow the complexity of a child to appear and be helped, and ultimately affects how a teacher will interpret the child’s character.

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