Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Puerto Rican Mothers of Children Diagnosed With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Factors That Impact the Treatment Seeking Process
by Martinez, Lilliam, Psy.D., Union Institute and University, 2015, 110; 3687504
Abstract (Summary)

Although researchers have focused a vast amount of research on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) with diverse groups, few have addressed specific ethnic groups such as Puerto Ricans. This study explored the concerns of Puerto Rican mothers of children diagnosed with ADHD. This research addressed how factors such as acculturation and cultural beliefs within Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Systems Model impacted the process that Puerto Rican mother experienced while obtaining treatment for their children diagnosed with ADHD. Utilizing a qualitative research method and Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Model, the narratives of ten mothers of Puerto Rican descent with children between the ages of 7–11 were questioned. The questions consisted of semi-structured interviews to assess how culture and acculturation within an ecological system impacted the process of obtaining mental health services by Puerto Rican mother's children for their children diagnosed with ADHD.

The results yielded eight themes that were embedded within Bronfenbrenner's Ecological System's theory that emphasized the importance of how Puerto Rican culture and acculturation level impacted the process of obtaining services. The mothers narratives exposed the barriers and the fears they faced as Puerto Rican mothers with children diagnosed with ADHD within the Unites States. Recommendation supported the need to address the barriers and fears that Puerto Rican mothers faced as they sought treatment for their children diagnosed with ADHD. Future research suggest further exploration of this research to empower this population and enhance the process to obtain treatment.

KEYWORDS: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Puerto Ricans, acculturation,Bronfenbrenner's Ecological System Model, Latinos, treatment process, mothers

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ossege, Jennifer M.
Commitee: Lax, William, McGhee, Joy
School: Union Institute and University
Department: Psychology Progam: Clinical Psychology
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: DAI-B 76/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Psychology, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Acculturation, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Bronfenbrenner's ecological system model, Latinos, Puerto ricans, Treatment process
Publication Number: 3687504
ISBN: 978-1-321-65090-7
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