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Dissertation

Training parents to manage ADHD behavior in children

25 July 1995

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the efficacy of using a multifamily parent training group in the treatment of children with ADHD. Subjects included 4 families who were receiving services at an after school day treatment program. Subjects participated in the parent training program for 12 weeks and filled out pre-intervention and post-intervention measures. Interestingly, this study found a decrease in problematic child behaviors related to the implementation of behavioral techniques at home, regardless of whether parents completed the entire training program. Correlational support was found between the reduction of problematic child behaviors and subsequent decreases in parental stress. Finally, all parents except one gained support from one another within the multi-family group context, and all of the parents valued having children participate in the training program curriculum. Directions for future research are considered.


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