Document Type : Original Article
Aim: The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of behavioral parent training program for mothers on signs of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) on their children. Method: The method was quasi-experimental using a pre- and posttest design with control group and had a two-month follow-up. Mothers of 30 children aged 9 to 11 suffering from ADHD were randomly selected from a group of 280, who came to Dr. Danesh counseling office with professional employment permit from counseling & psychology organization during 2011 till 2013; with diagnosis of ADHD verified by psychologist and psychiatrist. The children and their mothers were divided randomly into two groups: control group and experimental group. Measure: The measure of collecting information was Gado & Spriaphkin morbid symptoms questionnaire (1995).Evaluation took place before and after intervention, and two-month follow-up stages. The intervention was the parent training program developed by Barkley (2005).Mothers of experimental group were trained for 9 sessions. Mothers of control group didn’t receive any intervention. The data was analyzed using covariance method. Findings: The results showed that signs of impulsivity, attention deficit in children of trained mothers were decreased in comparison with control group and pretest. These findings were also observed in the two-month follow-up. Conclusion: Based on the results, this program is an effective method for decreasing signs of attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity in children who suffer from attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity.