Journal article

Experience of stress in parents of children with ADHD: A qualitative study

Sophie Leitch, Emma Sciberras, Brittany Post, Bibi Gerner, Nicole Rinehart, Jan M Nicholson, Subhadra Evans

International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health & Well-Being | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

Purpose: Qualitative research aimed at understanding the stress of parents of children with ADHD is limited and few interventions have been designed to directly target their stress. The study aim was to explore the stress of parents of children with ADHD using qualitative methodology.Methods: Thirteen parents of children with ADHD participated in two focus groups. Open-ended questions explored parents' experiences of stress. Focus groups were recorded, transcribed, and coded using thematic analysis. Parents also completed the Parenting Stress Index-Short Form.Results: Four primary themes were identified: The child's behaviour feels like a "wrecking ball"; Coping with the "war at home"; A div..

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