Parents' perceptions of raising a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
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AbstractThe purpose of this study was to examine parents perceptions regarding four aspects of raising children with ADHD: (a) parent perceptions about their children and the school experience, (b) parent perceptions about their interactions with medical personnel, (c) parent perceptions regarding family and social issues, and (d) parent perceptions regarding their own experiences of raising a child with ADHD. This qualitative study used in-depth phenomenological interviews of seven parents of adolescents from three large metropolitan areas in the Southwest, Midwest, and East. The parameters for selection of participants included parents: (a) of adolescents (12-19) diagnosed with ADHD, (b) who were from different ethnic groups, (c) who demonstrated divergent socioeconomic status, (d) who were from various educational backgrounds, (e) with dissimilar work experiences, (f) who were male or female, and (g) who were from different areas of the country. Each participant had three audiotaped ninety-minute interviews. The transcriptions were analyzed from a thematic perspective and were presented based on the themes that emerged. Findings of parents perceptions were organized into: (a) family and medical issues, (b) parenting issues, and (c) school issues. There were similarities noted between participants and parents of disabled children in general and between participants and other parents of children with ADHD. Family issues included parents perceptions of: (a) the identification process, (b) family interactions, and (c) community interactions. Medical issues included parent perceptions of: (a) medical personnel, and (b) use of medication. Parenting issues included parent views of their: (a) frustrations, (b) feelings, (c) modification to family routines, and (d) fears for their child. Parent strategies included parent views of: (a) the academic strategies they used to help their child, (b) personal strategies they used to help themselves, and (c) attitudinal and cognitive strategies they used to adapt and to be successful in parenting children with ADHD. School issues included parent perceptions of: (a) school placement, transitions, and laws, and (b) their feelings, beliefs, and strategies when dealing with school personnel. Summaries and discussions were included at the end of each section. Conclusions and implications for research and practice were presented in the final chapter.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Special Education and Rehabilitation