Efficacy of a self-help parenting intervention for parents of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in adjunct to usual treatment—Small-scale randomized controlled trial

David Daley*, Joanne Tarver, Kapil Sayal

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Abstract

Background: Multimodal intervention incorporating psychosocial intervention and medication is recommended for school-aged children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This randomized controlled trial (RCT) investigates the adjunctive benefit of the self-help version of the New Forest Parenting Programme (NFPP-SH) when offered in addition to treatment as usual (TAU) compared with TAU alone. Method: Fifty-two children, receiving medication for ADHD as part of their usual care, were randomized to receive NFPP-SH + TAU or TAU alone. Results: When used in adjunct to TAU, NFPP-SH may have beneficial effects for parenting efficacy (F = 6.28, p = 0.02), child social performance in school and negative comments made by parents during a recorded speech sample. However, the self-help intervention did not have any additional effect on child behaviour. Conclusions: This study provides further support for self-help interventions as potentially low-intensity and cost-effective alternatives to therapist-led parenting interventions. The findings require replication in larger samples before any firm conclusions about adjunctive efficacy of NFPP-SH can be drawn but underline the potential for self-help within routine treatment (ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02174952).

Original languageEnglish
JournalChild: Care, Health and Development
Early online date6 Nov 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 Nov 2020

Bibliographical note

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Daley, D, Tarver, J, Sayal, K. Efficacy of a self‐help parenting intervention for parents of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in adjunct to usual treatment – Small Scale Randomised Controlled Trial. Child Care Health Dev. 2020. Accepted Author Manuscript., which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/cch.12825.  This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.

Keywords

  • ADHD
  • behavioural intervention
  • self-help

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