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Kaohsiung J Med Sci. 2014 Dec;30(12):631-8. doi: 10.1016/j.kjms.2014.09.001. Epub 2014 Oct 12.

Symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and quality of life of mothers of school-aged children: the roles of child, mother, and family variables.

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1
Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Chung Shan Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan; Department of Psychiatry, Chung Shan Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan.
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Department of Public Health, Chung Shan Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan.
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Department of Public Health, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
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Graduate Institute of Humanities in Medicine, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan.
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Tsaotun Psychiatric Center, Department of Health, Executive Yuan, Taipei, Taiwan.
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Taichung Municipal Shiwei Elementary School, Taichung, Taiwan.
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School of Occupational Therapy, Chung Shan Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan; Occupational Therapy Room, Chung Shan Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan. Electronic address: peggy@csmu.edu.tw.

Abstract

This study examined the impact of inattention and hyperactivity symptoms in children and mothers, opposition problems in children, maternal depression, and perceived family support on the quality of life (QOL) of mothers. Mothers of children in one elementary school were contacted. The relationship between sociodemographic variables, the levels of inattention and hyperactivity symptoms in children and mothers, oppositional symptoms in children, maternal depression, perceived family support, and maternal QOL were examined. Three hundred and eighty-two participants were included in this study. Consistent factors related to the mother's QOL in the four domains were maternal depression, perceived family support, and housing status after controlling for several family, maternal, and child variables. Maternal QOL was more related to her own and family factors including maternal inattention, hyperactivity and depression symptoms, perceived family support, and housing status, instead of parent-rated inattention and hyperactivity symptoms of the child. Screening for maternal inattention, hyperactivity and depression symptoms, and mental health services for these mothers are warranted based on these findings.

KEYWORDS:

Children; Depression; Mothers; Quality of life; Symptoms of ADHD

PMID:
25476102
DOI:
10.1016/j.kjms.2014.09.001
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