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Drop out from behavioral management training programs for ADHD: a prospective study

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posted on 01.06.2007, 00:00 authored by P Friars, David MellorDavid Mellor
To investigate dropout from parenting programs for disruptive behavior disorders, we followed 18 clients prospectively from the beginning of a manualized treatment program to three month follow-up. Using qualitative and quantitative methods, we then compared those who dropped out of the program with those who completed it. We found that in general, those participants who dropped out of the program were parents of children with more disturbed behavior, who perceived their children to be more difficult than others, and who experienced more subjective parenting stress. Those who dropped out were also not convinced that the strategies proposed in the program to help manage their children were useful. On the other hand, those who completed the program reported a determination to persevere with the strategies which they saw as assisting them to re-establish positive relationships with their adolescent children. The findings are discussed in the context of how manualized programs might be modified to increase retention.

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Journal

Journal of child and family studies

Volume

16

Issue

3

Pagination

427 - 441

Publisher

Springer New York LLC

Location

Dordrecht, Netherlands

ISSN

1062-1024

eISSN

1573-2843

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2007, Springer Science+Business Media

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