Promoting Engagement with ADHD Pre-Kindergartners - Project PEAK

Project Name

Promoting Engagement with ADHD Pre-Kindergartners - Project PEAK

Principal Investigator

Dr. George J. DuPaul


Institute of Education Sciences (IES)

The primary purpose is to further develop and refine a parent education program to increase parent engagement with early intervention for young children with attentiondeficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). A secondary purpose is to develop an alternative format of parent education (web-based) in order to increase parent accessibility to and engagement with intervention.

Setting: Parent education sessions will be conducted in community settings (e.g., school, health care office). Data will be collected in parent education sessions and in family homes.

Population: Children identified with significant symptoms of ADHD between the ages of 3 and 6 years old along with their parents.

Intervention Being Evaluated: Parent education to increase (a) understanding of challenging behaviors associated with ADHD, (b) use of empirically-supported behavioral strategies in home settings, and (c) use of methods to enhance early literacy and numeracy.

Comparison Condition: Because this is a Goal 2: Development and Innovation project, there is no specific comparison condition. In the final year of the project, two content delivery formats (i.e., face-to-face and web-based) for parent education will be compared.

Primary Research Method: Descriptive for development and refinement.

Measures & Key Outcomes: Measures will include community development team and parent ratings of parent education components; frequency of attendance/completion of parent education sessions; observation of parent adherence with prescribed interventions; parent ratings of effectiveness, feasibility, and acceptability of parent education; parent ratings and observations of child behavior; and assessment of parent variables associated with preference for face-to-face or web-based parent education.

Data Analytic Strategy: Because this is a Goal 2: Development and Innovation project, analyses will be primarily descriptive and oriented towards assessing parent education process variables that are related to parent engagement with treatment. Throughout the revision and implementation process, mean percentage of parent attendance and implementation adherence will be documented. Mean reduction of parent ratings of child ADHD behaviors (pre-post treatment change) will be documented for each iteration of parent education revision. Mean parent satisfaction ratings for (a) individual sessions, (b) overall program, and (c) behavioral intervention components will be examined descriptively. Finally, parent/family variables associated with preference for parent education format (face-to-face vs. web-based) will be displayed descriptively.