Parents Magazine And The Child Mind Institute Partner For Exclusive Survey On Attitudes & Misconceptions About Children's Mental Health

74% of Moms & Dads Believe That Kids Are Put On Medication as a Quick & Easy Fix

NEW YORK, May 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Almost one-third of parents believe that ADHD is sometimes more a result of insufficient or absent parenting rather than a true medical condition that can be treated, according to an exclusive survey of more than 1,000 parents and conducted by Parents, the #1 family magazine for more than 85 years, and the Child Mind Institute (CMI), an organization dedicated to transforming mental health care for children everywhere. The survey was conducted to achieve a better understanding of parents' attitudes and misconceptions about children's mental health.

The results are being released at the beginning of National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week (May 6-12) and Speak Up for Kids, a national campaign that brings parents, educators and mental health professionals together for a series of free events. (For more information about Speak Up for Kids, visit 

"The misinformation surrounding children's mental health is striking. This survey serves as a good reminder of why we take time to Speak Up for Kids every year—we need to debunk these harmful myths and erase the stigma, and the best way to do that is through education," says Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz, president of the Child Mind Institute.  "Speak Up for Kids is committed to providing the support and information families need to give children the care they deserve." 

The complete results of the Parents CMI survey can be found at:


  • 74% of parents said that kids are often put on medication as a quick and easy fix.
  • 72% of parents feel that doctors and parents are too quick to put kids on medication for ADHD rather than looking for other solutions.
  • 52% of parents feel that starting kids on medication so young in life is dangerous.
  • 50% of parents feel that many doctors downplay the risks associated with putting kids on medication to treat ADHD and depression.
  • 16% of parents think that kids who take medication now are more prone to drug or alcohol addiction later in life.


  • 63% of parents think that too many children are being diagnosed with ADHD when they just have behavioral issues.
  • 45% of parents feel like normal children are being labeled as mentally ill or having learning disorders simply because their teachers can't handle them.
  • 45% of parents think that kids with learning disorders tend to have other behavioral issues that hamper their learning.
  • 96% of parents want their child's pediatrician to tell them if he thought their child should be evaluated for a psychiatric or learning disorder.
  • 10% of parents think that extended time on standardized tests give children with learning disorders an unfair advantage.
  • 83% of parents said that they would want their child's teacher to tell them if he thought their child should be evaluated for a psychiatric or learning disorder.


  • 32% of parents feel that ADHD is sometimes more a result of insufficient or absent parenting rather than a true medical condition.
  • 6% of parents said that psychiatric or learning disorders are more common in single parent families.
  • 13% of parents feel that ADHD should not be treated as a medical condition, but rather as a behavioral issue that can be corrected with discipline.


Parents, published monthly by Meredith Corporation, has been America's #1 family magazine for more than 85 years. The magazine helps parents understand the issues and challenges that are important to them. Parents makes it a priority to answer their questions, address their concerns, advocate their causes and celebrate the joys of parenthood. Each month, we harness the power of our readers to advocate continuously and tirelessly for children, so that all kids can grow up in a healthy, safe, and loving environment.

Currently, the magazine is a powerful community of nearly 15 million readers, over 600,000 Facebook Fans and over 400,000 Twitter followers devoted to supporting the efforts of parents, educators and other citizens who strive to make the world a better place for our children. For more information visit Parents at


The Child Mind Institute is dedicated to transforming mental health care for children everywhere. Founded by Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz and Brooke Garber Neidich, our organization is committed to finding more effective treatments for childhood psychiatric and learning disorders, building the science of healthy brain development, and empowering children and their families with help, hope, and answers. The Child Mind Institute does not accept funding from the pharmaceutical industry.


The Child Mind Institute's Speak Up for Kids is an annual public education program held during National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week (May 6-12, 2012). Speak Up for Kids was created in 2010 to encourage child mental health professionals across the country to give scientifically sound talks in their communities about childhood mental disorders and topics relating to raising healthy, happy kids. It has grown into a broad campaign to end the stigma, lack of awareness, and misinformation that cause so many children to miss out on treatments that can change their lives. It is time to talk about the mental health of our children.

  • To book an interview with Dr. Harold Koplewicz to discuss the many misconceptions surrounding ADHD, contact Marisa Jones Issa at or 646.625.4341.
  • To book an interview with an editor from Parents, contact Colleen Schwartz at or 212.551.7033.

Media Contact: Marisa Jones Issa Child Mind Institute, 646.625.4341,

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