A Comparison of Behavioral Parent Training Programs for Fathers of Children With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Gregory A. Fabiano, Anil Chacko, William E. Pelham, Jessica Robb, Kathryn S. Walker, Frances Wymbs, Amber L. Sastry, Lizette Flammer, Jenna K. Keenan, Hema Visweswaraiah, Simon Shulman, Laura Herbst, Lauma Pirvics

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Abstract

Few behavioral parent training (BPT) treatment studies for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have included and measured outcomes with fathers. In this study, fathers were randomly assigned to attend a standard BPT program or the Coaching Our Acting-Out Children: Heightening Essential Skills (COACHES) program. The COACHES program included BPT plus sports skills training for the children and parent-child interactions in the context of a soccer game. Groups did not differ at baseline, and father ratings of treatment outcome indicated improvement at posttreatment for both groups on measures of child behavior. There was no significant difference between groups on ADHD-related measures of child outcome. However, at posttreatment, fathers who participated in the COACHES program rated children as more improved, and they were significantly more engaged in the treatment process (e.g., greater attendance and arrival on time at sessions, more homework completion, greater consumer satisfaction). The implications for these findings and father-related treatment efforts are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)190-204
Number of pages15
JournalBehavior Therapy
Volume40
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology

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    Fabiano, G. A., Chacko, A., Pelham, W. E., Robb, J., Walker, K. S., Wymbs, F., Sastry, A. L., Flammer, L., Keenan, J. K., Visweswaraiah, H., Shulman, S., Herbst, L., & Pirvics, L. (2009). A Comparison of Behavioral Parent Training Programs for Fathers of Children With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Behavior Therapy, 40(2), 190-204. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.beth.2008.05.002