This is a study from my hometown, Vancouver, at the Dept of Psychology at UBC. Charlotte Johnston and C. Murray examined the impact of maternal attention on parenting behaviors, studying 60 mothers of children with ADD. Some mothers had ADD some didn’t.
…completed self-report and laboratory measures of monitoring of child behavior, consistency in parenting, and parenting problem-solving abilities. These parenting behaviors were selected because of their established links to the development of child behavior problems. As predicted, mothers with ADHD were found to be poorer at monitoring child behavior and less consistent disciplinarians compared with mothers without ADHD. There was some evidence to support the prediction that mothers with ADHD were less effective at problem solving about childrearing issues than control mothers. The differences between the 2 groups of mothers persisted after child oppositional and conduct-disordered behavior were controlled.
The study goes on to suggests that parenting is something that should be given more attention in Adult ADHD research.
I agree. There should be more studies on parenting ADHD children, after all, we study them in school, is the home environment less important?
I always suggest to people who I talk to whose children have ADD that since ADD is the number 2 genetically inherited condition after height (80%), that if a child has it the parents should be screened for it if not for their own benefit, for the child’s benefit. Here’s some evidence why. However, I wondered what they might find in terms of the advantages of mothers with ADD over those who don’t have it? Possibly better connections with the children due to a common trait?
I wonder how many of the women who had ADD had dealt with their ADD themselves and to what extent? I.e., just medication or learning the skills to manage their own ADD?
I wonder what the results would be if they took some ADHD parent training courses like the ADHD Parent Program in Vancouver? Pills can be useful in dealing with ADD but they don’t teach skills.
Here’s what they do:
* A family interview with a counsellor
* Eight group education sessions for parents on the neurobiology and characteristics of ADHD, effective communication, behaviour management strategies, stress and anger management, coping skills, problem solving, esteem building, and information on medications
* Four in-home visits to review how parents are managing new practices and help them resolve issues and prepare their children for success
* A group follow-up session after program completion to review skills and progress
* Referrals to parent support groups such as CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders)
Unfortunately, as someone who has talked to many parents with ADHD in the Vancouver area, I have to tell those living outside of Vancouver that there are no other cities in the area that have a similar program paid by the government (it’s free for qualified people living in Vancouver).
If ADD children are 2nd class citizens, ADD adults are 3rd class ones. When it comes to adults with ADD, we often get little or no resources available to us compared to those given to ADD children(which are not enough), we aren’t viewed as important by the government, health system or the media. Most of the ADD support groups tend to be run by parents mainly for their ADD children, not adults. So any lobbying of govt is usually more focused on children, not adults. ADDA, the Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Association is the exception to this
I think that this type of service should be available to parents in all cities (of a certain size, not a town of 150 people) across North America. What do you think?