"He's just enthusiastic. Is that such a bad thing?": Experiences of parents of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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Title: "He's just enthusiastic. Is that such a bad thing?": Experiences of parents of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Authors: McIntyre, Ruth
Hennessy, Eilis
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/4215
Date: 14-Feb-2012
Abstract: Parenting a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a challenging experience. The hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention of a child with ADHD often put parenting skills to the test. The present study thus aimed to explore the experiences of parents of children with ADHD in Ireland. Eighteen parents of 7–12-year-old boys with a diagnosis of ADHD took part in open-ended interviews. Thematic analysis was carried out on the interview content. Six major themes were identified: (1) getting your head around ADHD; (2) the child takes over; (3) emotional impact; (4) inconsistency of structural supports; (5) ignorance and discrimination; and (6) it's not all bad. Results are discussed in terms of the need to implement family-centred supports for ADHD. The importance of educating the population at large about ADHD is also discussed. Finally, the need to take a more positive, strengths-based approach to ADHD is highlighted.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Routledge
Copyright (published version): 2012 SEBDA
Keywords: ADHD;Parents' experiences;Qualitative;Interviews
DOI: 10.1080/13632752.2012.652428
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Psychology Research Collection

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