ADHD and Mothers Psychological Distress: Mothers Responses to a Child Diagnosed with ADHD

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Mothers Psychological Distress: Mothers’ Responses to a child Diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Author: G Ramdeen-Mootoo Aim: To determine whether mothers of children diagnosed with ADHD are more depressed, hopeless and helpless than mothers who do not have a child diagnosed with ADHD. Methods: Research design, a quasi-experimental two group correlation design was used to assess Purposive sampling of 64 women; 38 whose children had been clinically diagnosed with ADHD and 26 whose children were not diagnosed with ADHD from two Child Guidance Units. Four self-report questionnaires were used, a demographic questionnaire, The Beck Depression Inventory (BDI-II), the Beck Hopelessness Scale, (BHS), and the Brief Helplessness Scale. The Duration of study was 5 months. Data were analysed using IBM SPSS version 15.Descriptive statistics were generated and t-tests were conducted. Results: Mothers whose children were diagnosed with ADHD scored significantly higher on helplessness scores than mothers whose children were not diagnosed with ADHD.There was no significant difference between the mean depression score for mothers whose children were diagnosed with ADHD (µ= 15.05, SD = 10.73) and the mean depression score for mothers whose children were not diagnosed with ADHD (µ= 18.27, SD = 14.81), t(62) = -1.01, p = 0.32. There was no significant difference between the mean hopelessness score for mothers whose children were diagnosed with ADHD (µ= 3.97, SD = 5.33) and the mean hopelessness score for mothers whose children were not diagnosed.Mothers of



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Gloria Ramdeen-Mootoo, The University of The West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago

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Conference: ACE2015
Stream: Special education

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