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J Atten Disord. 2015 Feb;19(2):158-66. doi: 10.1177/1087054713484175. Epub 2013 Apr 18.

Effects of an 8-session behavioral parent training group for parents of children with ADHD on child impairment and parenting confidence.

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1
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, OH, USA University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, OH, USA richard.loren@cchmc.org.
2
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, OH, USA University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, OH, USA.
3
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, OH, USA Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, USA.
4
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, OH, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study examined the feasibility and effectiveness of a behavioral parent training (BPT) group intervention implemented in an outpatient mental health setting in reducing child impairments and increasing parenting confidence in managing child behavior.

METHOD:

Parents of 241 children with ADHD participated in the eight-session parent group program, completing the Impairment Rating Scale (IRS) and a measure of parenting confidence at the first and last session.

RESULTS:

Parents reported improvements in child behavior across all domains of the IRS, with the largest improvements in terms of overall impairment, parent-child relationship, and impact of child behavior on the family. Parents also reported increased confidence in managing their child's behavior.

CONCLUSION:

These findings suggest that brief BPT group programs administered to a diverse range of attendees in a typical outpatient setting result in improvements in functional impairments comparable with those produced in controlled studies, as well as improved parenting confidence.

KEYWORDS:

ADHD; Impairment Rating Scale; behavioral parent training; community-based care; parenting confidence

PMID:
23599209
PMCID:
PMC3923863
DOI:
10.1177/1087054713484175
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