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Mother-child interaction in hyperactive and normal kindergarten-aged children and the effect of treatment

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Characteristics of mother-child interaction in hyperactive and normal kindergarten-aged children were compared. Also, for the hyperactives the relative effects of methylphenidate and cognitive behavior modification, used alone and in combination, were evaluated. The results support some of the findings of previous studies with older children which indicate that mothers of hyperactives provide more direction and control than mothers of normal children. Mother-child interaction was not differentially affected by the various treatments.

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This research was supported by a grant from the Ontario Mental Health Foundation, Grant number 701-76/78. The authors wish to thank Mr. Syl Sauro of the Etobicoke Board of Education and Mrs. M. Stijovic of the Etobicoke Community Health Department; without their co-operation this work could not have been completed.

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Cohen, N.J., Sullivan, J., Minde, K. et al. Mother-child interaction in hyperactive and normal kindergarten-aged children and the effect of treatment. Child Psych Hum Dev 13, 213–224 (1983).

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  • Social Psychology
  • Cognitive Behavior Modification
  • Relative Effect
  • Behavior Modification
  • Methylphenidate