A self-help version of the New Forest Parenting Programme for parents of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder:a qualitative study of parent views and acceptability


Background Although parent interventions are recommended as a frontline treatment approach for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a number of practical and situational barriers can impact accessibility and availability. Self-help parent interventions offer a potential alternative to therapist-led interventions when barriers prevent access to face-to-face treatment. This qualitative study aims to explore participant views and acceptability of self-help parent interventions. Method Semi-structured interviews were conducted with parents/carers of 12 children (age 6–10 years) with ADHD who received the self-help version of the New Forest Parenting Programme (NFPP-SH) as part of a randomised controlled trial. Thematic analysis (as proposed by Braun and Clarke) was used to analyse the data. Results Overall, participants had favourable views of the self-help intervention but also experienced some barriers to treatment adherence. Six key themes were identified in parent interviews related to parental desire to learn more; acquisition of new skills; the flexibility of the intervention; self-help intervention vs. traditional therapist-led formats; barriers to engagement in the home environment; and need for earlier access to help. Conclusions NFPP-SH was an acceptable intervention for parents. However, some parents may need additional support to overcome barriers associated with completing an intervention at home. Implications for healthcare providers and researchers developing self-help parent interventions for ADHD and child behaviour are discussed.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/camh.12476
Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Psychology
Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors. Child and Adolescent Mental Health published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Funder: National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care\u2013\u2013Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire (CLAHRC-NDL)
Uncontrolled Keywords: ADHD,parent training,qualitative methods,Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health,Psychiatry and Mental health
Publication ISSN: 1475-357X
Last Modified: 14 May 2024 07:23
Date Deposited: 27 May 2021 08:37
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2021-05-26
Published Online Date: 2021-05-26
Accepted Date: 2021-04-29
Authors: Tarver, Joanne (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-0555-6043)
Daley, Dave
Sayal, Kapil



Version: Published Version

License: Creative Commons Attribution

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