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Table 5 Predictors of agreement with the statement: “it is acceptable for prescription drugs to be used in the treatment of ADHD”

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

Predictor Odds 95% CI
Over-diagnosed   
Yes .53** .34 – .83
Familiarity   
Not familiara 1 -
Yes - otherb d1.33* 1.02 – 1.74
Yes - mec   
Gender   
Female 1.03 .79 – 1.35
Age (years)   
18 – 34 1 -
35 – 44 .59* .34 – 1.04
45 – 54 .82 .49 – 1.39
55+ .54* .33 – .88
Education   
1 – 10 years 1 -
11 – 12 years 1.1 .73 – 1.64
13 – 14 years .83 .53 – 1.31
15+ years 1.75** 1.23 – 2.48
  1. *p<. 05; **p < .01.
  2. aNot familiar = I don’t know anyone who has been treated for ADHD with prescription drugs.
  3. bYes – other = I personally know someone who has been treated for ADHD with prescription drugs.
  4. cYes – me = I have been treated for ADHD with prescription drugs.
  5. dIncludes participants who have been treated for ADHD with prescription drugs or who know someone who has.