Dysfunction in Families of Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/151772
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Dysfunction in Families of Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Abstract:
Dysfunction in Families of Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2009
Author:Foley, Marie, PhD, RN
P.I. Institution Name:Seton Hall University
Title:Associate Professor
[Research Presentation] Purpose:  The prevalence of the diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in school age children is increasing worldwide.  Family dysfunction is the most salient indicator of family adversity associated with a diagnosis of ADHD (Cunningham and Boyle, 2002). This study examined the level of family dysfunction in 32 families with children who screened positive for ADHD, ranging in age from 6 to 11 years, and a comparison group of 23 families without a child with ADHD with similar sociodemographic characteristics. Methods:  A descriptive study design was used to assess ADHD and family dysfunction. Results: Family dysfunction was calculated using the General Functioning Subscale of the McMaster Family Assessment Device (Byles, Byrne, Boyle, & Offord, 1988) Unhealthy families represented 30.4% (n = 7) of the comparison group and 43.8% (n = 14) of the ADHD group. T-test results indicated family functioning to be significantly different between the comparison families (M = 1.96, SD = .23), t (53) = 3.43, p = .001, and the ADHD families (M = 2.23, SD = .35). Families with children who screened positive for ADHD had higher levels of family dysfunction. Conclusion: Children identified with behavioral characteristics which put them at risk for a diagnosis of ADHD should be targeted for early assessment and preventive intervention in an attempt to prevent further family decline. Earlier identification and intervention with these families may result in healthier family functioning and better child outcomes.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleDysfunction in Families of Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorderen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/151772-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Dysfunction in Families of Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2009</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Foley, Marie, PhD, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Seton Hall University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">foleymaa@shu.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Research Presentation] Purpose: &nbsp;The prevalence of the diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in school age children is increasing worldwide. &nbsp;Family dysfunction is the most salient indicator of family adversity associated with a diagnosis of ADHD (Cunningham and Boyle, 2002). This study examined the level of family dysfunction in 32 families with children who screened positive for ADHD, ranging in age from 6 to 11 years, and a comparison group of 23 families without a child with ADHD with similar sociodemographic characteristics. Methods: &nbsp;A descriptive study design was used to assess ADHD and family dysfunction. Results: Family dysfunction was calculated using the General Functioning Subscale of the McMaster Family Assessment Device (Byles, Byrne, Boyle, &amp; Offord, 1988) Unhealthy families represented 30.4% (n = 7) of the comparison group and 43.8% (n = 14) of the ADHD group. T-test results indicated family functioning to be significantly different between the comparison families (M = 1.96, SD = .23), t (53) = 3.43, p = .001, and the ADHD families (M = 2.23, SD = .35). Families with children who screened positive for ADHD had higher levels of family dysfunction. Conclusion: Children identified with behavioral characteristics which put them at risk for a diagnosis of ADHD should be targeted for early assessment and preventive intervention in an attempt to prevent further family decline. Earlier identification and intervention with these families may result in healthier family functioning and better child outcomes.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T11:13:13Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T11:13:13Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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