The burden on caregivers of children with Attention-deficit Hyperactivity disorder in Lagos, Nigeria: Prevalence and correlates.

The burden on caregivers of children with Attention-deficit Hyperactivity disorder in Lagos, Nigeria: Prevalence and correlates.

Author by Dr. Increase Adeosun

Journal/Publisher: Journal Of Education, Society And Behavioural Science

Volume/Edition: 22

Language: English

Pages: 1 - 7

Abstract

Aim: Caregivers of children with Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have enormous

roles which may negatively impact on their mental health. High levels of informal caregiver burden

may undermine the care and support available for children with ADHD, especially in low-resourced

countries where formal support services are non-existent. This study assessed the level and

correlates of caregiver burden among informal caregivers of children with ADHD attending a child

psychiatric clinic in Lagos, Nigeria.

Methods: A cross-sectional study conducted among the caregivers (n=69) of patients with ADHD

 at the Child and Adolescent Clinic of the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria.

The participants completed the Vanderbilt ADHD Diagnostic Parent Rating Scale, sociodemographic

questionnaire and the Zarit Burden Interview.

Results: Severe burden was reported by 24.6% of the caregivers, 36.2% reported moderate to

severe burden, while 31.9% and 7.3% of caregivers reported mild to moderate and little or no

burden respectively. Caregivers of children with co-morbid opposition defiant disorder (p=0.013)

and intellectual disability or learning disability (p=0.008) reported significantly higher levels of burden

than caregivers of children without these co-morbidities. Participants with good social support had

significantly lower caregiver burden (p<0>

Conclusion: Caring for patients with ADHD is associated with high levels of caregiver burden.

Provision of adequate social support and effective treatment of ADHD and co-morbidities are

important steps towards reducing the burden on caregivers.


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