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Impact of attention deficit hyperactive disorder on the family

26 July 2002


Findings in the literature support the thesis that Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) places tremendous stress on families of adolescents. Adolescents with ADHD are less compliant to parental instruction, sustain compliance for shorter periods of time, fail to remain on task, and often exhibit negative behavior, which may initiate negative response patterns. These stresses may lead to increased family disharmony. A literature review of such research is focused on impact of the ADHD adolescent on the family, addressing general disharmony, and impact on the father, mother and siblings. Confounding factors, such as family dynamics, complexity of ADHD, and support are also discussed.


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