Date of Award


Document Type

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



Committee Chair

Marlena S. Primeau

Committee Member

Elizabeth Barnby

Committee Member

Debbie Redmond-Hyder


Behavior disorders in children, Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurobiological disorder that is characterized by inappropriate persistent patterns of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. It is one of the most prevalent childhood disorders. ADHD has been found to have negative effects on children’s behavior and academic performance, places an educational and economic burden on school systems, and increases the need for services such as special education, in-school medication administration, and parental counseling. Parental Educational Programs for ADHD are evidenced-based interventions that have been used for children with behavioral problems. The intended purpose of this pilot study was to examine the feasibility of designing and evaluating a parental educational program for parents with school-aged children diagnosed with ADHD. The program focused on educating the parents about the disorder, behavioral techniques, medications, parental stress, and self-efficacy, and how these issues affect both the child and the parent. The Parental Program was evaluated using pre and post survey tools which measured levels of parental stress, ADHD knowledge, parental self-efficacy and confidence. The educational program will be used in the management of ADHD among parents with school aged children to improve parental readiness to care for children with ADHD.



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