Service Needs of Families With Children With ADHD

Judy Kendall, Michael C. Leo, Nancy Perrin, Diane Hatton

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This article describes service use, perceived helpfulness of services, and the services requested of 157 families living with a child or adolescent with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and specifically asks if service use and service need is a function of certain social demographic factors. Whereas these data suggest that ADHD is a fairly universal experience, as indicated by the high rate of service use across ethnic groups, income status, sex, and family composition, single-mother families used the most services, Hispanic families used the fewest, and families with boys with ADHD used more services than families with girls with ADHD. Income was not a significant factor in any services used or services requested. This study lends strength to the argument that more specialized services for certain groups are needed in venues with local community services, such as schools, where the majority of these children and families are already seeking help.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)264-288
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Family Nursing
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • ADHD
  • attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • ethnicity
  • family services
  • service needs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Family Practice


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