Analysis of the effectiveness of a training program for parents of children with ADHD in a hospital environment.

Authors:
Teresa Jimeno
Teresa Jimeno
Hospital Son Llatzer
Spain
Mateu Servera
Mateu Servera
University of Balearic Islands (UIB)
Spain

Actas Esp Psiquiatr 2018 Jan 1;46(1):21-8. Epub 2018 Jan 1.

Doctor en Psicología y Psicólogo especialista en Psicología Clínica. Profesor de la Universidad de les Illes Balears, Departamento de Personalidad, Evaluación y Tratamiento Psicológico.

Introduction: Regarding the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), treatments combined with pharmacological, psychoeducational and parents training programs interventions are recommended. Parenting programs have been proven efficacy in the experimental area, but there is few data about their effectiveness and feasibility in the professional area. The objective of the study is to analyze the effectiveness of a parenting program implemented in a hospital setting to improve internalized and externalized behaviors as well as parenting styles in a sample of ADHD children.

Methodology: A training program for behavior management was applied to parents of 21 children with ADHD in a quasi-experimental pretest-posttest design, using measures from Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) and Parenting Scale.

Results: Post-treatment data showed significant improvements specially on emotional, anxiety and oppositional defiant disorder measures. A significant but moderate improvement was found on ADHD, and non-significant on conduct problem measure. Additionally, there were moderate but significant improvements in parenting styles.

Conclusions: Data support the effectiveness and feasibility of parent training programs for children with ADHD applied in hospital settings as they improve a large part of associated symptoms and parenting styles.
January 2018
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