Child Psychiatry and Human Development

, Volume 35, Issue 3, pp 245–263

Maternal Emotions and Self-Efficacy Beliefs in Relation to Boys and Girls with AD/HD

  • Katerina Maniadaki
  • Edmund Sonuga-Barke
  • Efthymios Kakouros
  • Rania Karaba
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10578-004-6460-3

Cite this article as:
Maniadaki, K., Sonuga-Barke, E., Kakouros, E. et al. Child Psychiatry Hum Dev (2005) 35: 245. doi:10.1007/s10578-004-6460-3

Abstract

This study examined the impact of child gender on mothers’ emotional responses to AD/HD, self-efficacy beliefs and perceived severity of AD/HD. Mothers (N = 118) of pre-schoolers were presented with a vignette describing a typical boy or girl with AD/HD and then completed three scales relating to their emotional response to AD/HD behaviour, their sense of parenting efficacy and their attributions about the severity of problems described. AD/HD behaviour elicited negative emotions and maternal self-efficacy was low, especially for male AD/HD. Perceived severity of the behaviour was negatively correlated with maternal sense of self-efficacy. These findings suggest that mothers of “normal” children have fixed negative emotions and low sense of self-efficacy towards a child with AD/HD and that these factors are key elements for change in the implementation of a therapeutic programme.

Keywords

AD/HDemotionsself-efficacysex differencesattributions

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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Katerina Maniadaki
    • 1
    • 4
  • Edmund Sonuga-Barke
    • 1
  • Efthymios Kakouros
    • 2
  • Rania Karaba
    • 3
  1. 1.University of SouthamptonUK
  2. 2.Technological Educational Institution of AthensGreece
  3. 3.Psychological Center of Developmental and Learning Disabilities“ARSI”Greece
  4. 4.Dr.Katerina ManiadakiThrakomakedonesGreece