The Knowledge and Beliefs Concerning ADHD Held by parents of children with ADHD in Saudi Arabia

Mohaned Abed, Susan Pearson, Paula Clarke, Mary Chambers

Abstract

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is considered one of the most frequently diagnosed psychiatric childhood disorders. It has an effect on 3–5% of school-aged children, and brings about difficulties in academic and social interaction. This study explored the knowledge and beliefs of parents in Saudi Arabia about children with ADHD. The Knowledge about Attention Deficit Disorder Questionnaire (KADD-Q) was administered to a sample of parents, followed by interviews with a subset of the total respondents. The results indicated that the parents knew more about the characteristics of ADHD than they knew about its related causes and treatment. Overall, the findings indicated that these parents had some knowledge about general characteristics of ADHD, but they had little understanding of causes and possible interventions. These results suggest an important need for more formal parents training regarding all aspects of ADHD in school age children.

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Keywords

featured, jeddah, knowledge, study


APA Citation

, , , (). The Knowledge and Beliefs Concerning ADHD Held by parents of children with ADHD in Saudi Arabia. Ayer, 1(0)355-368.