Levels of depression in parents of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in Jordan

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Levels of depression in parents of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in Jordan

Dr. Joseph Bawalsah

Assistant Professor / Special Education, Department of Psychology and Special Education, Faculty of Arts, Al-Ahliyya Amman University

Accepted 20th April, 2014 

This study aimed to identify levels of depression in parents of children diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder compared to control group, and weather these levels of depression will differ according to age, sex, educational attainment, and years of marriage in Jordanian population. The sample consisted of 152 participants divided for two groups, ADHD group consisted of 76 parents of ADHD children and comparison group consisted of 76 parents of match non-ADHD children. Beck Depression Inventory, and an inventory for demographic variables developed by the researcher was used for the purposes of this study. Results revealed that parents of children with ADHD exhibit significant higher levels of depression compared to parents in control group, these levels of depression differ significantly in parents of ADHD children according to age as older group of parents showed higher levels of depression. And according to sex as mothers showed higher levels of depression compared to fathers. And according to years of marriage as participants who were married for more than 20 years exhibit higher levels of depression. But the results showed no significant differences in levels of depression according to educational attainment. Based on the results of the study, implications and recommendations were offered to parents and special educators working with ADHD children. 

Key words: Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, depression, demographic variables.