Factors contributing to stress in parents of children diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

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dc.contributor.advisor Naidoo, Zaiboonnisha.
dc.creator Prithivirajh, Yashica.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-11-01T11:52:59Z
dc.date.available 2010-11-01T11:52:59Z
dc.date.created 2005
dc.date.issued 2005
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10413/1577
dc.description Thesis (M.Ed.)-University of KwaZulu-Natal, 2005. en_US
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to investigate which factors contributed to stress in parents of children diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The influence of the parents' gender on these stress factors as well as the way in which parents conceptualised extreme stress/burnout were also explored. This study focused on parents whose children have been diagnosed with this disorder and attend the grade two classes at this special school. Thirty seven parents completed a survey questionnaire and semi-structured interviews were conducted with 10 of these parents. The researcher was able to determine which specific factors contributed to these parents' stress relating to parenting their ADHD child and also explored parents' conceptions of stress. The data was quantitatively and qualitatively analysed. The semistructured interviews explored the parents' subjective stress experiences with their ADHD children and encouraged possible solutions from parents. Gender differences were also explored. The responses to the interviews were qualitatively analysed. The results of this study have indicated that generally, parents perceive extreme stress/burnout in terms of physical and emotional symptoms. The factors contributing to extreme stress appeared to be associated with social problems of ADHD children, their inappropriate behaviours and school-related problems. Many possible solutions were offered by parents but they also indicated the need for support and understanding from significant others, such as spouses, teachers, family members, doctors and therapists. Parents of ADHD children in this study indicated that one's gender does play an important role regarding how a person copes with stress, with mothers generally experiencing far more stress than fathers.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Theses--Education. en_US
dc.subject Parent and child--Psychological aspects. en_US
dc.subject Attention-deficit-disordered children--Psychological testing. en_US
dc.subject Stress (Psychology)--KwaZulu-Natal. en_US
dc.subject Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. en_US
dc.title Factors contributing to stress in parents of children diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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