Why Are Children With ADHD & Autism Being Excluded From The Church?

America’s religious communities are failing children with ADHD and other mental health conditions, according to a recent report. Why? I’m Kyle Kittleson. This is MedCircle News.

According to a recent national study reported by ChristianityToday.com, youth with a mental health condition like ADHD are less likely to attend a religious service when compared to healthy children. More specifically, the odds of children with ADD/ADHD never attending were 1.19 times higher. Another startling finding was that sanctuaries were more sympathetic to kids who had health conditions such as asthma than they were to children with mental health conditions such as ADHD. And to add fuel to the fire, these kids - those struggling with their own mental health - need the support that can come from a religious community more than ever.

The study was published in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion and it was conducted by Clemson University sociologist Andrew Whitehead. Whitehead has high hopes when it comes to his study. Whitehead says, “I would like to think that this research could serve as a wake-up call to the religious communities in our nation. In many ways, this population is unseen because they never show up, or when they do, they have a negative experience and never return.”

Interested in learning more about ADHD and how to spot the signs and find the right treatment? Watch our original series, Navigating The Ambiguity of ADHD, with Dr. Domenick Sportelli. I’m Kyle Kittleson and remember, whatever you’re going through, you got this.

Source: Christianity Today


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