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Managing children with challenging behaviour. Parents' meaning-making processes in relation to their children's ADHD diagnoses
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3825-042X
2019 (English)Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Objective

This study investigates parents’ lived experiences of having a child diagnosed with ADHD. The particular aim was to explore parents’ meaning -making processes in relation to their children’s ADHD with a focus on understanding the potential impact that receiving a diagnosis had on the parents’ perceptions of, and ways of managing, their children’s challenging behaviours.

Methods

Drawing on data collected through semi-structured interviews with 12 parents recruited to the study by school psychologists in Sweden, 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.

Results / Discussion

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.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019.
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Applied Psychology Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-168301OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-168301DiVA, id: diva2:1307860
Conference
7th World Congress on ADHD. From Child to Adult Disorder, Lisbon, Portugal, 25-28 April, 2019
Projects
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: 2019-05-15Bibliographically approved

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