Stanley N. N. Mandah, Comfort Enyi Osuagwu


The study investigated teachers’ perception of characteristics behaviours and factors responsible for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) among Senior secondary school students in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, Nigeria. The researchers adopted descriptive research design. The study had three (3) purpose of study, three (3) research questions and two (2) hypothesis. The population consists of 13,950 senior secondary school students in the thirteen (13) public senior secondary schools in the Local Government Area under study. Taro Yamen’s formula for determination of sample size was used to obtain a target population of 400 as sample size with the aid of the stratified random sampling technique. The SNAP IV ADHD rating scale and DBDRS developed by Swansen Nolan and Pelham was used as research instrument renamed as characteristics behaviour and factors responsible for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder questionnaire (CBFRADHDQ). The instrument was validated by experts in the field of measurement and evaluation. The reliability coefficient value of 0.92 was established through Pearson’s Product Moment Correlation co-efficient. The data was analyzed through mean and standard deviation for the research questions and t-test for the hypothesis. The study found that the factors responsible for ADHD ranged from nature to nurture, genetic/neurological factors and environmental factors among others. It was also confirmed as part of the findings that there are no professional special needs educators in schools to address such cases. It was therefore recommended that all public schools as a matter of urgency should establish special needs education and educational technology department in an inclusive setting both in rural and urban schools among others.


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