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ERIC Number: EJ836793
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1087-0547
Changes in Caregiver Strain over Time in Young Adolescents with ADHD: The Role of Oppositional and Delinquent Behavior
Evans, Steven W.; Sibley, Maggie; Serpell, Zewelanji N.
Journal of Attention Disorders, v12 n6 p516-524 2009
Objective: The objectives of this study were to identify the relationships between caregiver strain among parents of young adolescents with ADHD and child characteristics during a 1-year period. Method: Parents of 52 middle-school-aged youth with ADHD participated in this study and completed two evaluations 1 year apart. Results: Ratings of oppositional and delinquent behavior best predicted levels of caregiver strain, and change over time did not significantly add to the equation. Patterns of change in caregiver strain indicated important individual differences. Conclusion: Oppositional, delinquent behavior was the best predictor of caregiver strain and suggests that preventing and treating these child behavior problems should be a high priority when working with young adolescents with ADHD. Given the variability in parent responses to changes in oppositional and delinquent behavior, it may also be important to address personal coping strategies for parents of youth exhibiting high rates of these behaviors. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia