Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 20, Issue 5, pp 503–520 | Cite as

Parenting stress among families of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

  • Arthur D. Anastopoulos
  • David C. Guevremont
  • Terri L. Shelton
  • George J. DuPaul


Prior research has shown that parenting stress levels can be quite high among families of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This study investigated the degree to which such stress was related not only to the child's ADHD, but also to various other child, parent, and family-environment circumstances. Multimethod assessments were conducted on 104 clinic-referred children with ADHD. Data collected from these subjects were entered into hierarchical multiple-regression analyses, utilizing the Parenting Stress Index as the criterion. The results showed that child and parent characteristics accounted for a substantial portion of the variance in overall parenting stress. The child's oppositional-defiant behavior and maternal psychopathology were especially potent predictors. The severity of the child's ADHD, the child's health status, and maternal health status also emerged as significant predictors. These findings are discussed in terms of their impact upon the clinical management of children with ADHD.


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Parent Characteristic Parenting Stress Potent Predictor Maternal Health 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Arthur D. Anastopoulos
    • 2
  • David C. Guevremont
    • 2
  • Terri L. Shelton
    • 1
  • George J. DuPaul
    • 2
  1. 1.Assumption CollegeWorcester
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Massachusetts Medical CenterWorcester

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