Struggling with and for : a grounded theory of parents managing life with hard-to-treat ADHD teenagers
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Original versionThe Grounded Theory Review 2014, 13(1):3-15
The aim of this study was to develop a grounded theory of being a parent of hard-totreat teenagers with the diagnosis of ADHD. Caretakers of 11 adolescents with ADHD were interviewed and analyzed according to the principles of classic grounded theory. The parents’ main concern was how to handle everyday challenges with the teenagers and how to get the help they needed and required. Struggling with and for is the core category in our findings. In addition, we identified four sub-categories: good “mothering”, advocating, seeking support, and giving up. The meeting with the helping services causes just as many problems as the relationship with the teenagers. Professionals should be able to identify family strengths and capabilities. In that way, professional support can be built upon coping strategies with which a family is already familiar.
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