The Online Nurtured Heart Approach to Parenting: A Randomized Study to Improve ADHD Behaviors in Children Ages 6–8

Velia Leybas Nuño, Betsy C. Wertheim, Bridget S. Murphy, Howard Glasser, Richard A. Wahl, Denise J. Roe

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Abstract

Objectives: To evaluate the efficacy of the Nurtured Heart Approach (NHA) to improve attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) behaviors in children. Methods: In 2017, we conducted a trial among parents (n = 104) with children ages 6–8 years diagnosed with ADHD/at risk for a diagnosis. Participants were randomly selected, but not blinded, to the immediate (NHA) or delayed (control) group. The NHA training was held online over 6 weeks. Results: The NHA group (−7.0 ± 8.1), but not the control group (0.2 ± 6.6), reported a decrease in inattention (p <.001). The NHA group (−7.9 ± 9.3), but not the control group (−0.5 ± 7.3), reported a decrease in hyperactivity/impulsivity (p <.001). Conclusions: The study provides preliminary data of the NHA's potential to improve ADHD related behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-48
Number of pages18
JournalEthical Human Psychology and Psychiatry
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • ADHD
  • behavior
  • children
  • parenting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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