Enhancing traditional behavioral parent training for single mothers of children with ADHD

Anil Chacko, Brian T. Wymbs, Frances A. Wymbs, William E. Pelham, Michelle S. Swanger-Gagne, Erin Girio, Lauma Pirvics, Laura Herbst, Jamie Guzzo, Carlie Phillips, Briannon O'Connor

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Behavioral parent training is an efficacious treatment for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). However, single-mother households are at high risk for poor outcomes during and following behavioral parent training. This study randomly assigned cohorts of 120 single mothers of children (ages 5-12 years) with ADHD to a waitlist control group, a traditional behavioral parent training program, or an enhanced behavioral parent training program-the Strategies to Enhance Positive Parenting (STEPP) program. Intent-to-treat analysis demonstrated benefits of participating in behavioral parent training, in general, and the STEPP program more specifically at immediate posttreatment on child and parental functioning. Moreover, the STEPP program resulted in increased engagement to treatment. However, results indicated that behavioral parent training does not normalize behavior for most children and treatment gains are not maintained.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)206-218
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology


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