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Home > Awards > Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing > 2006 Honoree

Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing

The “Ritalin Generation” Grows Up

Since 2006, Pulliam Editorial Fellow Karin Klein of the Los Angeles Times has been studying the first generation of children diagnosed with ADHD as they reach young adulthood.

2007 marks the 20th anniversary of the American Psychological Association’s decision to change the classification of attention deficit disorder (ADD) to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. As the “Ritalin generation” ages, it faces the challenges of employment, family and societal expectations.

Klein believes the story of the first ADHD generation is more than a human-interest feature or a series of policy analyses. She believes it speaks to how American culture, with its strong emphasis on conforming to social norms, reacts to differentness, and how those attitudes and responses have evolved for both better and worse.

In 2006, the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation awarded Klein the Eugene C. Pulliam Editorial Writing Fellowship.

Read Klein’s work: "Pencils, pens, meds: As kids head to class, pharmaceutical companies ramp up their drug marketing — and it works"

The Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship was first offered in 1977. It is funded by a grant from Mrs. Eugene C. Pulliam, honoring the memory of her husband, one of the original members of the Society and former publisher of The Indianapolis Star, The Indianapolis News, The Arizona Republic and The Phoenix Gazette.

Founded in 1961, the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that those who carry on the tradition of a free press are prepared for the challenge. Its goal is to support the educational programs of the Society of Professional Journalists and to serve the professional needs of journalists and students pursuing careers in journalism.

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