Manual-Based Personalized Intervention for Mothers of Children With SLD/ADHD: Effects on Maternal and Family Resources and Children’s Internalizing/Externalizing Behaviors

Michal Al-Yagon, Michal Lachmi, Maly Danino

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Abstract

Objective: This study explored manual-based personalized intervention for mothers of children with SLD and/or ADHD, as possibly contributing to (a) mothers’ parenting-related emotional/coping resources, (b) family functioning, and (c) child adjustment, compared with a control group of mothers. Method: Participants were 73 mothers of a child formally diagnosed with SLD and/or ADHD ages 7-17. Mothers were assigned to an experimental (n=40) or control (n=33) group. Short-term intervention utilized a three-stage emotion–cognition–behavior model. Pre-post assessments included maternal affective resources (positive/negative affect, parenting stress), maternal coping resources (general coping strategies, coping specifically with diagnosed child’s negative emotions), family cohesion/adaptability, and diagnosed child’s externalizing/internalizing syndromes. Results: Significant interactions emerged between group (experimental/control) and time (pre/post) for most study variables. Conclusion: Findings clearly revealed the intervention’s significant impact. Only the trained mothers demonstrated significant gains over time for most of the maternal, family, and child indices, whereas the untrained mothers did not.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)720-736
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Attention Disorders
Volume24
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2020

Keywords

  • ADHD
  • externalizing/internalizing behavior problems
  • family climate
  • mothers
  • parenting coping strategies
  • parenting stress
  • positive/negative affect
  • specific learning disorders

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