Category: ADHD - Child

Symposium

Symposium 96 - Treatment of Families of Children With ADHD Across Diverse Contexts

Saturday, November 18
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Location: Aqua Salon C & D, Level 3, Aqua Level

Keywords: ADHD - Child / Adolescent | Treatment-Other | Parenting
Presentation Type: Symposium

Raising a child with ADHD is associated with significant parent stress and long-term family adversity.  While much is known about parent functioning and treatment for parent-child difficulties in families of children with ADHD, the majority of this research has focused on white school-aged boys and their mothers. Relatively little research has examined ADHD and family functioning in more diverse contexts, such as variations in gender or racial/ethnic presentations.  However, emerging work suggests that there are important differences in parent reporting of ADHD symptoms, diagnostic prevalence rates, and utilization of evidence-based treatments among more diverse samples, which warrant further study.  Consistent with this year’s ABCT theme, this symposium presents new research on four important, but understudied, topics relevant to examining parenting and parent behavior across diverse contexts, and how such behaviors may affect diagnosis and treatment utilization among families of children with ADHD.  In the first presentation, Gregory Fabiano discusses program parameters viewed as highly desired by mothers versus fathers, and reviews the effectiveness of an intervention (COACHES) aimed at increasing father engagement and reducing negative and coercive parenting practices in families of children with ADHD.  Second, Dara Babinski discusses a parent-child psychosocial intervention for girls with ADHD.  In the third presentation, Rosanna Breaux presents findings on the role of parental attitudes and knowledge of ADHD and child comorbid psychopathology in treatment utilization among Hispanic families of children with ADHD.  Finally, Heather Jones will discuss help seeking behaviors and barriers to psychosocial treatment for African American families of children with ADHD. Taken together, these presentations underscore the importance of considering the complexity of contextual factors when assessing, diagnosing, and treating families of children with ADHD.  Furthermore, these presentations seek to encourage more work on these topics. Implications for assessment and expansion of current family-based behavioral treatments for children with ADHD from diverse populations will be raised by all presenters and by our discussant, Charlotte Johnston. 

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Dara E. Babinski

Assistant Professor
Penn State College of Medicine

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Rosanna Breaux

Graduate Student
Penn State Hershey Medical Center

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Charlotte Johnston

University of British Columbia

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    Gregory A. Fabiano

    Professor and Dean for InterInterdisciplinary Research
    University of Buffalo

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    Dara E. Babinski

    Assistant Professor
    Penn State College of Medicine

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    Rosanna Breaux

    Graduate Student
    Penn State Hershey Medical Center

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    Heather A. Jones

    Assistant Professor of Psychology
    Virginia Commonwealth University

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