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The meaning of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder medication and parents' initiation and continuity of treatment for their child

dosReis, Susan, Mychailyszyn, Matthew P., Evans-Lacko, Sara, Beltran, Alicia, Riley, Anne W. and Myers, Mary Anne (2009) The meaning of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder medication and parents' initiation and continuity of treatment for their child. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, 19 (4). pp. 377-383. ISSN 1557-8992

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Identification Number: 10.1089/cap.2008.0118

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to examine parents' early understanding of medication for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in relation to decisions to initiate and continue treatment for their child. METHODS: Qualitative, semistructured telephone interviews were conducted with 48 parents of children newly diagnosed with ADHD. Parents were recruited from inner city, outpatient primary care, and mental health clinics affiliated with a large university hospital. Data were analyzed using grounded theory. RESULTS: Parents' initial perspectives of the appropriateness, anticipated effects, and symbolic meaning of medication were classified by four typologies (illness oriented, problem oriented, generally acceptable, unacceptable). In this sample, 29% of parents believed medication was required to treat the illness and 20% believed medication was unacceptable. Except for the unacceptable group, nearly all of the parents in the other groups initiated medication shortly after diagnosis. More than 80% of the illness- and problem-oriented groups used medication at 6 months; this fell to 64% and 78%, respectively, at 12 months. Only half of the unacceptable group ever used medication for their child. CONCLUSIONS: Parents' views of ADHD medication may be predictive of continuity of treatment. Increasing physician awareness of parent preferences for managing their child's ADHD problems may lead to care management plans that maximize continuity.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.liebertpub.com/overview/journal-of-chil...
Additional Information: © 2009 Mary Anne Liebert Inc.
Divisions: Personal Social Services Research Unit
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
Sets: Research centres and groups > Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU)
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2015 10:23
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2019 09:49
Projects: MH65306; PI, S. dosReis
Funders: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/63043

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