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Table 4 Agreement with the statement ‘it is acceptable for prescription drugs to be used in the treatment of ADHD’ according to ‘familiarity’ and ‘attitudes towards over-diagnosis’

From: Over-diagnosed and over-treated: a survey of Australian public attitudes towards the acceptability of drug treatment for depression and ADHD

   Acceptable for prescription drugs to treat ADHD
  N (%) Agree (%) Disagree (%) Don’t know (%)
Total sample 1276 42.1 38.2 19.7
ADHD is over-diagnosed  
Agree 993 41.5 44.0 14.5
Disagree 106 59.4 31.1 9.4
Don’t know 169 34.3 9.5 56.2
Familiarity with ADHD  
Not familiara 779 36.5 36.5 27.1
Yes – otherb 450 50.4 40.7 8.9
Yes – mec 47 55.3 42.6 2.1
Age category     
18 – 34 101 56.4 33.7 9.9
35 – 44 198 41.9 37.9 20.2
45 – 54 260 52.3 35.0 12.7
55+ 708 36.2 40.1 23.7
  1. aNot familiar = I don’t know anyone who has been treated for ADHD with prescription drugs.
  2. bYes – other = I personally know someone who has been treated for ADHD with prescription drugs.
  3. cYes – me = I have been treated for ADHD with prescription drugs.