An investigation of predictors of attendance for fathers in behavioral parent training programs for children with ADHD

Andrea C. Nicolia, Gregory A. Fabiano, Chanelle T. Gordon

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Abstract

Behavioral parent training programs are evidence-based treatment for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), yet attendance in such programs is variable. Relative to mothers of children with ADHD, far less is known about fathers and what predicts their attendance in treatment. The current study aimed to explore predictors of father (N = 171) attendance using data from four studies that tested the efficacy of behavioral parent training programs aimed specifically at fathers. A hierarchical regression was performed to test four potential predictors of attendance, including father race/ethnicity, father education level, child medication status, and father ratings of the child's oppositional defiant disorder symptoms. Father education level was determined to be a significant predictor of attendance, whereas father race/ethnicity, child medication status, and father ratings of the child's ODD behavior were not. The results suggest that future parent training interventions may need to be adapted to improve attendance from fathers of lower education levels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number104690
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Volume109
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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