ERIC Number: ED382908
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov-11
Reference Count: N/A
Effects of Seminar Participation on Parental Attitude Concerning the Use of the School Counselor as a Resource.
Barefoot, Donna; Thomas, George
It is estimated that from 1 percent to 10 percent of American children suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Despite the large amount of research and numerous professional articles written about attention deficit disorders, parents rarely have easy access to this information and the assistance resources contained therein. The purpose of this study was to determine if there is a significant difference in the parental understanding of their child's Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD) disability when the school counselor acts as a resource person. Thirty randomly selected parents participated in the study, 15 of whom attended a seminar with the school counselor and 15 of whom served as the control group. The experimental group was given a questionnaire prior to and following the seminar. The control group was mailed a questionnaire so as to determine its needs for a seminar in the future. The results of the study indicated that most parents of ADHD/ADD children are not well informed about the disorder and have many misconceptions about the disorder and the school's role in serving the child. Prior to the seminar, only seven parents out of the 30 in the study utilized the school counselor. All 15 parents who participated in the seminar considered the school counselor to be a valuable resource person. The questionnaire used in the study is appended. (Contains 31 references.) (JE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Counselor Parent Cooperation
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Nashville, TN, November 9-11, 1994).