Archives of Iranian Medicine, Volume 12, Number 1, January 2009
The Effectiveness of Group Positive Parenting Program on Parental
Stress of Mothers of Children with Attention-Deficit/
Hamid-Reza Pouretemad PhD*, Katayoun Khooshabi MD•**,
Madieh Roshanbin BS*, Mohsen Jadidi MSc***
Background: The present study examined the influence of group positive parenting program
on parental stress of mothers of children with attention-deficient/hyperactivity disorder. Mothers of
۱۳ children aged four to ten years, who met attention-deficient/hyperactivity disorder diagnosis by
assessment of a child psychiatrist and clinical psychologist were selected from two child and
adolescent psychiatric clinics of Tehran. To control the drug effects, researchers chose children
who took methylphenidate (Ritalin) since six months before.
Methods: The group programs consisted of a six-weekly session of two hours duration, plus
two telephone educational sessions, each one lasting 15 minutes. Group was run by an
experienced clinician who followed a specific training manual to ensure a standard format. These
sessions continued with eight participants, because five of 13 mothers did not attend the classes.
Results: The results indicated that group positive parenting program caused mothers to
experience lower stress. A two-month follow-up showed the stable efficiency of the program.
Conclusion: This study revealed that the competency feeling and couples’ harmony—as intervening variables—about nurturing the child were improved.