Belewenis van moeders van jong hiperaktiewe kinders.

Translated title of the contribution: Experiences of mothers of young hyperactive children

A. J. Cilliers, M. Greeff, M. Poggenpoel

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An exploratory contextual study was undertaken to expand the insight into and the meaning of the perceptions of the mother of a hyperactive child. The phenomenological method of interviewing was used to gather data. The interviews were recorded on tape and later transcribed verbatim. The random test population consisted of eight participants who were specially selected for the purpose of this study. Data was analysed by way of content analysis. The results firstly crystallised in the mother's experiences with her hyperactive child and secondly in the elements which influenced these experiences. The mother's experience is contained in her involvement with her child and in her interaction with him. She experiences vehement feelings of anger, empathy, insufficiency, guilt and depression. At the same time there is the perception that she is responsible for her child's hyperactivity and the accompanying behavioural problems. The mother finds herself in a stressful situation where she is a buffer between her child and the world. Her experience is influenced inter alia by her religious system, personal stress, the behaviour of the hyperactive child, and the availability of support systems. Based on the findings of this study, it seems that the mother of young hyperactive children are already mentally ill to a degree, or are at risk to develop mental illness. In the light of this, group therapy seems to be the most meaningful intervention to support mothers of young hyperactive children.

Translated title of the contributionExperiences of mothers of young hyperactive children
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)17-23
Number of pages7
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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