Condition category
Mental and Behavioural Disorders
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No longer recruiting

Plain English Summary

Background and study aims
Early intervention for childhood behavioural problems may help improve health and educational outcomes in affected children. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for a common childhood behavioural disorder, Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), recommend a stepped care approach for the identification and management of behaviour problems in children. Programmes for parents involving educational approaches and behavioural management training may be sufficient for some children and families. Evidence also suggests that the effects of such programmes can be enhanced if information about the behavioural approaches being used is shared with teachers. Through primary schools, we aim to test the implementation of a programme for parents of 4-8 year old children who have high levels of hyperactivity and inattention.

Who can participate?
Parents of 4-8 year old children who score high on a screening measure of hyperactivity and inattention.

What does the study involve?
The first stage involves the parent completing a short questionnaire about their child. Depending on their child’s score on the questionnaire, some parents will be invited to take part in the second stage. Participating parents will join one of three approaches involving different amounts of discussion between teachers and parents about approaches to managing children’s behaviour. The choice will depend upon which approach has been assigned at random to the child’s school. This will allow us to compare which type of approach works best. Parents will be asked to complete a number of questionnaires before the study starts and again at 3 months and 6 months following this.

What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
Parent-based programmes looking at how best to manage the behaviour of young children show promise. Most parents find taking part in these programmes enjoyable and helpful. Participating parents will be helping researchers to better understand the acceptability and effectiveness of these approaches. The findings could be very helpful in improving the way in which schools and health services work with parents. Taking part in this research may or may not be of direct benefit to participating parents and their children. It is hoped that the results will help in the future education of children and in providing better services for children and families. There are no known risks of taking part in this research. However, parents will be asked to give some of their time to complete the initial questionnaire and possibly take part in one of the group discussions with other parents. If this approach is assigned to their child’s school, the parent group discussions will take place over three meetings, lasting about one and a half hours each.

Where is the study run from?
From the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire (NDL) based at the University of Nottingham (UK).

When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
From October 2011 for two years.

Who is funding the study?
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) (UK).

Who is the main contact for the study?
Dr Kapil Sayal

Trial website

Contact information



Primary contact

Dr Kapil Sayal


Contact details

Developmental Psychiatry
Queen's Medical Centre (QMC)
University of Nottingham
United Kingdom
+44 (0)115 8230264

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Study information

Scientific title

Group ADHD Parenting Programme: Early interventions and school-based input for children at risk of ADHD to improve outcomes



Study hypothesis

There will be a greater reduction in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms on a teacher-rated and parent-rated questionnaire in children whose parents and teachers both receive an intervention compared to a parent-only intervention group and a no intervention (control) group.

Ethics approval

University of Nottingham Medical School Ethics Committee, 25/08/2010, ref: C/07/2010

Study design

Interventional cluster randomised controlled trial with nested qualitative study

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Secondary study design

Cluster randomised trial

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Patient information sheet

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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms, inattention, overactivity, impulsiveness


Schools are randomised into 1 of 3 arms:

Following initial screening, all parents who meet the inclusion criteria will be invited into the arm to which the school is randomised.
Arm 1 – Parents will be invited to take part in a three session group parent training programme. Teachers will receive an educational training package that covers the strategies being discussed with the parents (combined intervention)
Arm 2 – Parents will be invited to take part in a three session group parent training programme (parent-only intervention)
Arm 3 – no intervention control arm

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Primary outcome measures

Short version of Conners’ Teacher and Parent Rating Scales Revised, completed at baseline and follow-up (2 weeks, 3 months, 6 months after intervention)

Secondary outcome measures

1. Parental burden (SDQ)
2. Parental well-being (Malaise Inventory)
3. Child quality of life (EQ5DY)

Measured at baseline and follow up (3 months and 6 months after intervention)

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Participant inclusion criteria

1. Parents of 4 to 8 year old children
2. Parents of children who score 6 or above on the hyperactivity/inattention subscale of the Strength and Difficulties Questionnaire, parent version (SDQ)

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Target number of participants

Parents and Teachers of 72-144 children across 6-12 schools.

Participant exclusion criteria

Parents of 4 to 8 year old children who score 5 or less on the hyperactivity/inattention subscale of the Strength and Difficulties Questionnaire, parent version (SDQ)

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Countries of recruitment

United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

University of Nottingham
United Kingdom

Sponsor information


University of Nottingham (UK)

Sponsor details

University Park
United Kingdom
+44 (0)115 9515151

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Funder name

National Institute for Health Research [NIHR] (UK) - Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC)

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Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

Not provided at time of registration

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Publication summary

2012 protocol in:
2015 results in:
2016 results in:

Publication citations

  1. Protocol

    Sayal K, Daley D, James M, Yang M, Batty MJ, Taylor JA, Pass S, Sampson CJ, Sellman E, Valentine A, Hollis C, Protocol Evaluating the effectiveness of a school-based group programme for parents of children at risk of ADHD: the 'PArents, Teachers and CHildren WORKing Together (PATCHWORK)' cluster RCT protocol., BMJ Open, 2012, 2, 5, doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2012-001783.

  2. Results

    Taylor JA, Valentine AZ, Sellman E, Bransby-Adams K, Daley D, Sayal K, A qualitative process evaluation of a randomised controlled trial of a parenting intervention in community (school) settings for children at risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), BMC Psychiatry, 2015 , 15, 1, 290.

  3. Results

    Sayal K, Taylor JA, Valentine A, Guo B, Sampson CJ, Sellman E, James M, Hollis C, Daley D, Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a brief school-based group programme for parents of children at risk of ADHD: a cluster randomised controlled trial, Child Care Health Dev, 2016, 42, 4, 521-533, doi: 10.1111/cch.12349.

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Editorial Notes

13/06/2016: Publication reference added.