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(p. 25) Module 1: Psychoeducation and Theoretical Foundations 

(p. 25) Module 1: Psychoeducation and Theoretical Foundations
(p. 25) Module 1: Psychoeducation and Theoretical Foundations

Andrea Chronis-Tuscano

, Kelly O’Brien

, and Christina M. Danko

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date: 13 April 2021

In Module 1, parents learn the theoretical foundations for the program. This is a time to build rapport, learn more about the child’s specific problems, identify treatment goals, and instill hope. Parents learn about two foundational models in Module 1: the ABC model of child behavior and the transactional model of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and families. The difficulties that children with ADHD experience can contribute to parent stress and/or negative reactions to their child. Parents may feel frustrated, stressed, worried, and/or sad about their child’s behavior. Some parents may blame themselves or feel they’re not doing a good job. On the other hand, the degree to which a parent is responsive and sensitive can help or hinder temperamentally at-risk infants and young children in terms of the later development of ADHD-related problems. Teaching parents effective ways to respond to their child can have important implications for the child’s ongoing adjustment.

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