ADHD Family Support Group: A Hospital-based Model in Taiwan

Vincent Chin Hung Chen, Duu-Jian Tsai

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    Abstract

    Attention deficient hyperactive disorder
    (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood
    psychiatric disorders worldwide. In Taiwan, its
    prevalence is estimated at between 7.5% and
    9.9%, however, according to analysis of the
    National Health Insurance dataset, as few as 20%
    seek medical help for the condition. This action
    research project consisted of forming a hospital-based
    ADHD family support group and evaluating how
    well it functioned. First, the formation of a
    hospital-based family support group in central
    Taiwan was announced by newspaper, following a
    news report on 21 August 2008 of a local teacher
    tying a hyperactive child to a chair. After attending
    lectures or receiving services at this hospital, some
    parents and teachers asked to participate in the
    ADHD support group. A family support group was
    organized in 2011 and the research team helped
    apply for public education funding from
    pharmaceutical companies like Eli Lily and
    Janssen. In January 2013, to evaluate the group’s
    functioning and the program results, we identified
    core leaders in the group and started interviewing
    them using an oral history approach. One child
    psychiatrist, eight family members, and two
    patients were selected for interviews. This family
    support group has demonstrated high motivation
    and efficiency in addressing its members’ concerns,
    as well as convincing therapeutic benefits. There
    is a need for pragmatic solutions that cannot be satisfied by purely scientific or therapeutic public
    discourse. For this reason, the family support group
    needed autonomy to respond to their own needs
    and to develop a new sense of identity.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)21-29
    JournalInternational Journal of Child Development and Mental Health
    Volume2
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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    Keywords

    • ADHD
    • family support group
    • Hospitalbased Model

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