Enhancement of Coping Patterns among Parents of Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Keywords:Parents of children with ADHD,Stress, Coping patterns, Educational program
Background: Families of children with ADHD encounter greater difficulties such as family conflict,
negative parent- child relationship, higher rates of parent stress and ineffective coping. The aimof study:
was to enhancement of coping patterns among parents of children with ADHD. Study design: a quasiexperimental
design was utilized to conduct this study. Setting: This study was conducted at Pediatric
Out-Patient Clinic atEl-Abbassia hospital for psychiatric and mental health.Method: convenient sample of
50 parents were chosen for conducting this study. Data collection tools:(1) Socio demographic and clinical
characteristics data for children and their parents.(2)Parental stress scale. (3)Ways of coping Questionnaire.
Results: the present study revealed that there were highly statistically significant differences between preand
post- program of parental stress regarding level of stress, there were highly statistically significant
improvement between post-program compared to pre –program regarding coping patterns of the parents
have children with ADHD. Conclusion: parents of children with ADHD had high level of stress, which
decreased after implementation of the educational program with a highly statistical significant difference.In
addition to the current study revealed that after the intervention there were improvements in coping patterns
of parents. Recommendations: Continuous education programs and counseling are important to improve
parents’ adjustment toward care of their ADHD children.
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