Parents' experiences of caring for a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder : an exploratory study

C.S.W. Ho, Wai Tong Chien, L.Q. Wang

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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most common neurobehavioral childhood disorder in which parental care-giving is found very stressful. Limited qualitative research is found on their care-giving experiences. This study aimed to explore Chinese parents’ experiences of care-giving to a child with ADHD at home. It was conducted at one Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit in Hong Kong using qualitative exploratory approach. A purposive sample of 12 parents was recruited. Semi-structured interviews were conducted, each lasting about one hour. Content analysis was used to analyze the data. From the interview data, four themes were identified, including: concept of the illness, barriers to child care in ADHD, psychological effects in care-giving, and positive aspects of care-giving. The parents indicated a variety of life problems and health concerns in care-giving. The findings may help nurses understand the perceptions and barriers towards parental care of a child with ADHD in a Chinese population and consider parents’ educational needs in care-giving.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-56
Number of pages16
JournalContemporary Nurse
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Parents
  • Care-giving experiences
  • Qualitative exploratory design
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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