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CHILDREN'S SOCIAL BEHAVIOURS STUDY

 

CONTEXT

​As you may know, being accepted and having good friends is very important for children’s development. Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more often rejected by other children, and many of them often have no friends or have trouble keeping their friends. Unfortunately, there are almost no effective treatments to help children with ADHD make and keep friends.

 

OBJECTIVES

This project will evaluate the effectiveness of two new parental intervention programs that help parents help their 6-to-11-year-old child with ADHD make friends. We are conducting this study in order to find out whether these two intervention programs are useful in different ways or for different types of difficulties.

 

DESCRIPTION

Your child and you will come to the Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO) or Montfort Hospital for an initial session, where you will play a game together and answer interview questions and a questionnaire on your child’s functioning. Next, your child will invite a friend to participate in the study. During this one-hour session, the friends will fill out short questionnaires on their friendship and play fun games together. You will then take part in a free parental intervention program with a group of 6 or 7 other parents for 10 weeks. These parents will all have a 6-to-11-year-old child with ADHD.

 

Immediately after the intervention program and then a few months later, you and your child will return to UQO or Montfort Hospital at a time that is convenient for you for a session where you will play together and answer questionnaires on your child’s behaviour. Your child will invite a friend to participate in the study for both of these sessions. During these one-hour sessions, the friends will fill out short questionnaires on their friendship and play fun games together. Each family will receive financial compensation for its participation.

 

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

Parents of a 6-to-11-year-old child (or children) with ADHD who has trouble relating to other children and lives in the Ottawa-Gatineau region are invited to participate in this study.

 

SIGNIFICANCE OF THE PROJECT

We hope the information found in this study will make it possible to develop and offer effective new services for children with ADHD. More specifically, we hope to find new ways to help children with ADHD be more accepted at school and be able to make and keep good friends throughout their development.

 

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Dr. Sébastien Normand, Ph.D., C.Psych.,

is a professor in the Département de psychoéducation et de psychologie at the Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO). He is also the director of the Interdisplinary Research Program for Children’s Mental Health (IRPCMH) and a clinician affiliated with the Montfort Hospital Research Institute. Dr. Normand is interested in the social development and mental health of children and adolescents. He specializes in evidence-based assessment and psychosocial treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

 

For more information

If you are interested in participating in this important project or want more information, please contact study coordinator Joanna Guiet at 819-595-3900 ext. 1954 or by email at prisme.uqo@gmail.com

 

The research ethics committees of the Université du Québec en Outaouais and Montfort Hospital have revised and approved this research project.

 

This study is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. 

 

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