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Document Type:   Thesis
Title:   The Impact of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) on Family Functioning: The Perceptions of Parent Living With an ADHD Child
Author:   Patrick Christopher Whaley
College:   Education & Human Services
Degree Program:   Psychology, M.A.
Degree:   Master of Arts
Committee Director:   Stephen O'keefe
Document Availability:   Document available for World-Wide access.
Date of Defense:   07/09/04

This study extended the research to include a more complete description of parents' perceptions and the impact ADHD had on their family functioning. The researcher selected the participants with two categories in mind: (A) Parents must live or not live with an ADHD-diagnosed child; (B) Parents will provide their consent for this study. The researcher used the Parenting Stress Index (PSI). The PSI is used to identify stress levels in parent-child systems. By using a t-test for independent samples, the treatment group responded with more stress than the control group (T= 10.143, 28). The researcher found a statistically significant difference between the two groups indicating that the ADHD group experiences more stress than the Non-ADHD group. Hopefully, the outcome of this study can supply additional useful information for practicing psychologists, medical doctors, and other members of the mental health community.  

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