Parenting practices of Singaporean mothers of children with ADHD

Nomanbhoy, Alefiya, and Hawkins, Russell (2018) Parenting practices of Singaporean mothers of children with ADHD. Proceedings of Singapore Healthcare, 27 (1). pp. 33-40.

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Abstract

Objectives: We wanted to determine: (1) whether ADHD symptoms were more common in mothers of children with ADHD; (2) whether mothers of children with ADHD differed in their parenting strategies; and (3) whether there was a difference in care-giving arrangements for children with ADHD and without ADHD. This was done by comparing mothers of children with ADHD with mothers of children without ADHD in Singapore.

Methods: Mothers of children with ADHD (n=46) and mothers of children without ADHD (n=45) completed the Conners’ Parent Rating Scale-Revised, the Conners’ Adult ADHD Rating Scale-Self Report and the Alabama Parenting Questionnaire.

Results: Mothers of children with ADHD did not report higher levels of current ADHD symptoms compared with the control group. However, they did use less adaptive parenting strategies. There were also no differences in the reported behaviours of children cared for by a paid worker and those cared for by mothers.

Conclusions: Data support the Singapore Clinical Guidelines recommendations for the promotion of parenting skills, and referral to parenting programmes for parents of children with ADHD. The promotion of parenting skills and referral to parenting programmes for mothers of children with ADHD might include the option of electronic forms of programme delivery. The model of using paid help in the home, which is commonplace in Singapore, does not seem to disadvantage children with ADHD.

Item ID: 49391
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2059-2329
Keywords: ADHD, parenting, mothers, Singapore
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Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2017 05:38
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