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A Cartoon Diagnosis: Bart Simpson
An analysis of the cartoon character of Bart Simpson and the possible development of oppositional defiant disorder.
# 152779 | 1,220 words | 5 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Apr 29, 2013 in Psychology (Case Studies)

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This paper discusses how the use of popular characters form the media as examples of various psychological disorders can be useful from an educational standpoint, bridging understanding between the psychological and medical communities and a lay public and even with beginning students in the field. In particular, the paper examines how one such character that has undergone much diagnosis, at least in the media, is Bart Simpson and how a closer examination of the targets of Bart's disruption warrants a somewhat more severe though related diagnosis of oppositional defiant disorder.

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From the Paper:

"At the same time, a lack of severity in certain aspects of the disorder and a general lack of other presenting behavioral symptoms as exhibited by Bart Simpson throughout the course of the show is useful to limit the diagnosis to oppositional defiant disorder. A study involving individuals with ADHD, ODD, and mild disorders along the autism spectrum found that autistic tendencies increased the severity of ADHD and ODD in many individuals in a pattern that is not at all characteristic of Bart (Guttman-Steinmetz et al 2009). Bart tends to recognize his behavior after the fact, and does not engage in repetitive behaviors to a degree of disruption, making his case one more simply of disruptive behavior--specifically ODD--than of disruptive and autistic behaviors (Guttman-Steinmetz et al 2009)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • David, M. (2008). "You Think Bart Simpson is Real. I Know He's Only an Actor!" Current sociology 56(4), pp. 517-34.
  • Guttman-Steinmetz, A.; Gadow, K. & DeVincent, C. (2009). "Oppositional Defiant and Conduct Disorder Behaviors in Boys With Autism Spectrum Disorder With and Without Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Versus Several Comparison Samples." Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 39(7), pp. 976-85.
  • Hoong, W.; Houghton, S. & Douglas, G. (2003). "Objectivity of boys with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (adhd) and their mothers when responding to a caricatured portrayal of adhd." Educational Psychology 23(5), pp. 491-512.
  • Qian, Y. Shuai, L. Cao, Q. Chan, R. & Wang, Y. (2010). "Do executive function deficits differentiate between children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and ADHD comorbid with Oppositional Defiant Disorder? A cross-cultural study using performance-based tests and the Behavior Rating..." The clinical neuropsychologist 24(5), pp. 793-810
  • Stringaris, A. (2010). "What's in a disruptive disorder? Temperamental antecedents of oppositional defiant disorder: findings from the Avon longitudinal study." Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 49(5), pp. 474-83.

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