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


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).

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/cch.12825
Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Psychology
Additional Information: 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.
Uncontrolled Keywords: ADHD,behavioural intervention,self-help,Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health,Developmental and Educational Psychology,Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
Publication ISSN: 0305-1862
Last Modified: 14 May 2024 07:18
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2020 10:26
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2021-03
Published Online Date: 2020-11-06
Accepted Date: 2020-10-26
Authors: Daley, David
Tarver, Joanne (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-0555-6043)
Sayal, Kapil



Version: Accepted Version

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