Behavior parent training and fathers of young children with ADHD
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Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a chronic condition affecting school-aged children. Behavior parent training (BPT) is an evidence-based treatment for ADHD. However, fathers and their involvement have often been overlooked in the BPT research. The limited information on fathers and their role as parents of children with ADHD indicate that there are barriers existing in the structure of interventions as well as in the societal and clinical perceptions regarding fathers' contributions. The current dissertation describes a study involving father participation in an enhanced behavior modification group, a standard behavior modification group or a community comparison group. Effects were explored by examining positive behavior changes for the father and child following participation in one of the three groups by coding the behavior observed in a videotaped play session. Results indicated no significant differences between parent and child related behaviors when the community comparison, standard or enhanced treatment groups were compared. Attendance did not act as a moderating variable influencing the strength of either treatment group. The results are discussed with consideration to the current literature on fathers, their involvement in behavior parent training and the influence of their role on young children with ADHD. Future directions for this area of study are also provided.