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Family Functioning, Psychological Distress, and Well-Being in Parents with a Child Having ADHD
Norwegian Univ Sci & Technol, NTNU, N-2802 Gjovik, Norway..
Norwegian Univ Sci & Technol, NTNU, N-2802 Gjovik, Norway..
Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Health Sciences. Norwegian Univ Sci & Technol, NTNU, N-2802 Gjovik, Norway.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3385-3731
2016 (English)In: SAGE Open, ISSN 2158-2440, E-ISSN 2158-2440, Vol. 6, no 1, 2158244015626767Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common behavioral disorders in children. Children with ADHD have difficulties regarding the regulation of their emotions and activities and of the maintenance of attention and impulse control. Families with children with ADHD encounter many challenges, and the public health nurse is highlighted as helping and supporting these families. The aim of this study was to investigate families with a child having ADHD from the parents' perspective. A cross-sectional study was performed. In total, N = 264 parents of children with ADHD, 217 mothers and 47 fathers (48.2%), responded on a questionnaire regarding psychological distress, family sense of coherence, and family functioning. Parents with ADHD and parents with children not medicated for ADHD seemed most vulnerable. Parents' wellbeing and psychological distress seem to influence family functioning the most, with the behavior of the child with ADHD and support from the community health services had importance.

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2016. Vol. 6, no 1, 2158244015626767
Keyword [en]
ADHD, child, early interventions, family, family functioning, parents, public health nurse
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Health Sciences
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Nursing Science; Public Health Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-41178DOI: 10.1177/2158244015626767ISI: 000369962900037OAI: diva2:915669
Available from: 2016-03-30 Created: 2016-03-30 Last updated: 2016-04-13Bibliographically approved

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