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Dialogical Family Guidance for parents of children with ESSENCE

Participants: Diana Cavonius & Christopher Gillberg.

Background: When a child has a neurocognitive disorder/ESSENCE, such as ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), autism diagnosis (e.g., Asperger syndrome) or some other neurocognitive problem, members of his/her family also need support. The reason for this may be associated with the fact that parents, and one or more of the children in the family, display neurocognitive symptoms. ADHD manifests in the parents or siblings of children with an ADHD diagnosis 2-8 times more frequently than in the population in general. A parent’s ADHD diagnosis is considered a risk inside the family. A survey completed on family interventions revealed that there have been very few studies conducted on family intervention for ESSENCE in Finland. The identification and treatment of such neurocognitive disorders are essential for the quality of life of the target child, as well as of his/her family members.

Methods: The purpose of the study is to describe the adaptive functioning and health of families who have a child with neurocognitive problems/ESSENCE; to evaluate the effects of Dialogical Family Guidance (DFG) model (given to families who visit Helsinki University Central Hospital, HUCH) on the health and the functioning of the family, and to quantify the support they have received. The Dialogical Family Guidance (DFG) group will include families of children with neurocognitive difficulties. The purpose is to include 50 families. The intervention includes six sessions with the family. About 50 comparison families with similar life conditions will not receive the target intervention, but will be given the so-called “normal Helsinki University Central Hospital child clinic model care”.



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