Perceived Family Resources Based on Number of Members with ADHD

Melinda Corwin, Miriam Mulsow, Du Feng

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Objective: The present study examines how the number of family members with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects family members’ perceived resources. Method: Forty adolescents diagnosed with ADHD and their mothers, fathers, and adolescent siblings living in the household participated. Hierarchical linear modeling (HLM) was used to analyze family-level data from 130 total participants. Results: Mothers reported more resources when only the target adolescent had ADHD and more non-supportive factors when more than one member of the family had ADHD. Fathers reported more supportive factors when only one member of the family had ADHD. Conclusion: Parents reported greater resources and strengths when only one adolescent family member had ADHD; however, family members had varying viewpoints. The ADHD Family Scale examined issues specific to ADHD, compared to general family stress and resource scales, and may be a useful tool for examining the impact of ADHD on a
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)517-529
JournalJournal of Attention Disorders
StatePublished - Aug 2012


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