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Behavioral Parent Training for ADHD Reduces Parental Stress and Child Noncompliance

Lending new credence to existing research, a new study shows that Behavioral Parent Training (BPT) effectively decreases noncompliance in children with ADHD and lessens the stress experienced by their parents.

July 17, 2019

Behavioral Parent Training (BPT) significantly reduces noncompliant behavior in children with ADHD and lessens the stress experienced by their parents, according to a study from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine published in the Journal of Attention Disorders.1

Researchers studied 304 parents who were attending out-patient BPT groups and had children ages 6 through 12 with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD). Parents attended 8 sessions of ADHD-focused BPT, which focused on topics such as giving effective commands, homework strategies, and managing behavior in public spaces. Prior to the first and last sessions, parents rated the situational variability and pervasiveness of child behavior problems and of parental stress.

These findings suggest that BPT is an effective way to minimize the negative impact of a child’s ADHD-related behaviors on family life.

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1 Ciesielski, H. A., Loren, R. E. A., & Tamm, L. “Behavioral Parent Training for ADHD Reduces Situational Severity of Child Noncompliance and Related Parental Stress.” Journal of Attention Disorders (May 2019).