Psychological Health and Quality of Life among Ultra-orthodox Mothers of Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Impact of Occupational Experiences

Jennifer R. Budman*, Haya Fogel-Grinvald, Adina Maeir

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Abstract

Background: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common neuro-developmental health condition in children and adolescents. Parenting a child with ADHD can profoundly affect mothers’ health. Research is limited regarding occupational experiences and their impact on health among mothers of children with ADHD (MoCwADHD). Ultra-orthodox MoCwADHD may have unique cultural circumstances that have not been studied. Aims: To broaden understanding of parental stress, psychological health, and quality of life (QoL) of ultra-orthodox MoCwADHD and explore a possible role of occupational experiences on these outcomes. Methods: Ultra-orthodox MoCwADHD (N = 114) completed a sociodemographic questionnaire and measurements to assess child ADHD symptomatology, mother’s ADHD, parental stress, psychological health, QoL, and occupational experiences. Results: Participants displayed moderate parental stress, and 54.9 percent also showed psychological distress symptoms, similar to the literature on MoCwADHD in the general population. Frequency of engagement in health promoting occupations reflected patterns in line with cultural beliefs. Structure Equation Modeling showed that child ADHD negatively affected mothers’ stress, psychological health and QoL. Importantly, occupational experiences directly and indirectly, via parental stress, impacted psychological health and QoL. Conclusions: MoCwADHD impacts maternal health in the ultra-orthodox population and occupational experiences may be a modifiable target for promoting their health.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)697 - 712
Number of pages16
JournalPhysical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics
Volume43
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 15 Mar 2023

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Keywords

  • ADHD
  • culture
  • health promotion
  • maternal health
  • occupation

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