APA 2018—Different parenting styles associated with changes in social skill proficiency in children with ADHD


  • Michael Schreiber, Ph.D.
  • Conference Reports
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Takeaway

  • Neglectful parenting is associated with adverse effects on the social skills of children with ADHD in southern Thailand, whereas authoritative parenting is associated with positive effects.

Why this matters

  • The prevalence of ADHD in southern Thailand is 11.7%.

Key results

  • Of parents surveyed, 30.8% scored as authoritarian, 56.4% scored as authoritative, 5.7% scored as permissive, and 7.1% scored as neglectful.
    • Authoritative parenting was associated with a positive effect on a child's self-confidence (r, 0.15; P<.05>
    • Neglectful parenting was associated with an adverse effect on a child's self-control (r, −0.17; P<.05 coping skills p and conflict-resolution>

Study design

  • Researchers administered a parenting styles questionnaire and social skill assessment form for children with ADHD to 221 children (age, 6-12 years) and their parents, and they assessed the relationship between parenting style and child social skill development.
  • Funding: Southern Institute of Child and Adolescent Health (Thailand).

Limitations

  • This study was conducted in Thailand and may not apply more generally.