Parents Of Children With Behavioral Or Emotional Disorders N

Danielle Magid

Parents of children with behavioral or emotional disorders need to be informed1

A study on informing parents
A study was conducted on helping parents become informed on emotional and behavioral disorders. However, these parents were not picked at random they were selected from an urban school district. One group of parents had a child in a middle school that specifically served students with emotional or behavioral disorders. The other group of parents had a child in a main stream elementary, middle, or high school, but that had emotional and behavioral disorders. The test focused on a having the parents meet eight to twelve times over a four to five month period. In addition, these meetings consisted of “providing information, support, and sharing, following a standardized protocol” (p. 126). The protocol consisted of allowing the parents to discuss any problems they might be having, and then coming up with any solutions for those problems, as well as group activities. Before the study began, parents were asked to fill out a survey based on knowledge on their child’s disability, quality of family relationships, and any family burdens. Once the study was concluded, the parents were again asked to fill out the same survey the filled out at the beginning of the test.

The reason why it is so important to be informed

Parents of children who have emotional or behavioral disorders need to be informed on their child’s condition so that they can be prevent other aspect of their lives spiraling out of control. Children who have these disorders take a lot of time and energy out of the people closes to them, meaning mom, dad, brother, or sister. Therefore it is important that parents realize they have support within the school system. What the researchers of this test call, psychoeducation can be defined as, “family-level intervention and parent support” (p. 125). In addition, the researchers also that that there is a lack of psychoeducation and it needs to be addressed. It is important that parents understand what their child is going through, and to know different ways to handle their child in order to prevent any detrimental outcomes.

What to remember
Jennifer McClendon, David Pollio, Carol North, Donna Reid, and Melissa Jonson-Reid all state that, “family psychoeducation as a promising but still underdeveloped modality for supportive services delivery to this population” (p. 125). In addition believe that this long term intervention aid, that combines the components of education, family support, and group psychotherapy to be productive and helpful for parents who might need that extra help.