The behaviour of the attention deficit disorder child and his/her parents

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dc.contributor.advisor Dr. A.C. Faul en_US
dc.contributor.author Sundelson, Brenda-Lee
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-20T09:04:19Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-20T09:04:19Z
dc.date.issued 2012-08-20
dc.date.submitted 1999-10
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/6206
dc.description M.A. en_US
dc.description.abstract ADD is a term used to describe a group of individuals who have certain common problems. Most have learning difficulties that may interfere with school and social activities. Many are hyperactive and/or easily distracted with short spans of attention. The exact causes of ADD are not known, but there is widespread acceptance that the disorder is often inherited. ADD is presently managed, but not cured. Effective management requires understanding. It is essential that all those involved develop a commonsense understanding of the associated problems. The aim of this study is to describe the behaviour of ADD children and their parents in order to establish whether similarities exist between the two. This will assist in understanding this complex disorder. The literature review served as a theoretical basis for the research. It also aided in the design of additional questionnaires which were used to gather demographic information on the children and parents involved. The objectives of the study were firstly to describe the behaviour of ADD children using the Behaviour Rating Scale for Hyper-children (BRASH). By analyzing data gathered from this instrument, high scores in the areas of intensity, persistence, sensitivity, perceptiveness, energy and extroversion, were identified. Secondly, the Assessment Scale for Hyperpersons (ASH) was administered in order to collect data concerning the behaviour of parents involved. Areas that received high scores included: intensity, perceptiveness, sensitivity, energy and extroversion. The next objective was to establish possible similarities in the behaviour of ADD children and their parents. The behaviour patterns were compared, and similarities identified. Both groups scored highest in the areas of intensity, perceptiveness, sensitivity, energy and extroversion. The results emphasize ADD as a family issue, rather than an individual one. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Attention-deficit-disordered children -- Research en_US
dc.subject Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder -- Research en_US
dc.subject Behavior disorders in children -- Research en_US
dc.subject Parent-child interaction therapy Research en_US
dc.subject Parent and child -- Research en_US
dc.title The behaviour of the attention deficit disorder child and his/her parents en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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