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Managing children with challenging behaviours. Parents’ meaning-making processes in relation to their children’s ADHD diagnosis
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3825-042X
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9273-2203
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1537-2697
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2147-2969
2019 (English)In: International journal of disability, development and education, ISSN 1034-912X, E-ISSN 1465-346XArticle in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This study investigates parents’ lived experiences of having a child diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The aim was to explore parents’ meaning-making processes in relation to their children’s ADHD with a focus on understanding the impact that receiving a diagnosis had on the parents’ perceptions of, and ways of managing, their children’s challenging behaviours. Drawing on data collected through semi-structured interviews with 12 parents, we carried out a content analysis of the parents’ accounts, producing a range of categories describing different aspects of the parents’ meaning-making processes in relation to their child receiving an ADHD diagnosis. Five conceptual categories were identified, describing components of a process of adaptation through which the parents – using the diagnosis as a tool – were able to transform feelings of distress over their difficulties in managing their child’s challenging behaviours into feelings of being able to cope with these challenges of integrating the ADHD diagnosis into everyday family life. This research suggests that understanding the long-term processes involved in parents’ meaning-making of an ADHD diagnosis is important and can open up a pathway to developing initiatives to support parents in dealing with their child’s challenging behaviours in everyday life.

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Adaptation, ADHD, children, coping, diagnosis, meaning-making, parenting-stress, qualitative research, self-management
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Educational Sciences Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-168283DOI: 10.1080/1034912X.2019.1596228ISI: 000463974800001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-168283DiVA, id: diva2:1307838
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Living with ADHD: How children with ADHD and their parents perceive and cope with the disorderAvailable from: 2019-04-29 Created: 2019-04-29 Last updated: 2019-05-02

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