A study on the effectiveness of videoconferencing on teaching parent training skills to parents of children with ADHD

Yuhuan Xie, J. Faye Dixon, Ong Min Yee, Junshun Zhang, Y. Ann Chen, Sascha Deangelo, Peter Yellowlees, Robert Hendren, Julie B. Schweitzer

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Objective: Many geographic locations are without services and staff available to provide treatment for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This is a randomized controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of group parent training on ADHD treatment delivered via videoconferencing. Subjects and Methods: Twenty-two subjects were enrolled in the study, with 9 subjects in the videoconference session (treatment group) and 13 in the face-to-face session (control group). The Parent Child Relationship Questionnaire for Child and Adolescents (PCQ-CA), Vanderbilt Assessment Scales (parent and teacher versions), Children Global Assessment Scale, Clinical Global Impression - Severity score, Clinical Global Impression - Improvement score, and Social Skills Rating System assessed the effectiveness of the treatment. A Likert scale evaluated parents' acceptance of the training modality. Our results showed that the parent training program significantly improved parents' disciplinary practices based on the PRQ-CA, parent ratings of ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, and conduct disorder symptoms, and the children's global functioning. Results: The treatment effects did not differ between the videoconference and face-to-face groups; however, the videoconference group evidenced statistically greater improvement on the hyperactive symptoms of Vanderbilt Assessment Scales. Our findings suggest that parent training through a videoconferencing modality may be as effective as face-to-face training and is well accepted by parents. Conclusions: Parent training via videoconferencing may be an important tool for addressing ADHD in geographic locations that do not have access to appropriate treatment providers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)192-199
Number of pages8
JournalTelemedicine and e-Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2013


  • attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • children
  • parent training
  • telemedicine
  • videoconference

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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