Stigma of kids with con­di­tions

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Louise Alling­ham

Wed­nes­day, April 13, 2016 Re­gional par­ents are be­ing en­cour­aged to take part in a na­tion­wide sur­vey look­ing at the self and so­cial stigma of hav­ing a child with be­havioural or emo­tional prob­lems.

The sur­vey, con­ducted by the Univer­sity of WA, is open to par­ents, grand­par­ents and guardians of chil­dren who suf­fer from men­tal con­di­tions in­clud­ing ADHD, de­pres­sion, anx­i­ety dis­or­ders, con­duct dis­or­der, op­po­si­tional de­fi­ant dis­or­der or eat­ing dis­or­ders.

UWA PhD can­di­date Kim Eaton is con­duct­ing the sur­vey and said it was im­por­tant to have in­put from re­gional par­ents.

“We had such an over­whelm­ing re­sponse from re­gional par­ents and what they’ve told us (is that) it’s im­por­tant for us to keep go­ing to re­gional par­ents be­cause they don’t of­ten get a chance to say their thing,” she said.

Ms Eaton said the sur­vey would help to un­der­stand par­ents’ ex­pe­ri­ences and pro­vide ways for them to man­age and cope with their sit­u­a­tion. “We want to help them get to a place where they feel like they can cope,” she said.

The anony­mous sur­vey is on­line and takes about 20 min­utes.

Con­tact Ms Eaton on 0403 183 228 or kim.eaton@re­search.uwa.edu. au for de­tails.

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