August 2, 2016
The Phenomenology of Single Parents Raising a Child with a coexisting diagnosis of ADHD and ODD
Purpose of Study
The purpose of this study is to understand the lived experiences of single parents who are raising a child who has ADHD with a coexisting diagnosis of ODD.
Given the increase in stress and increase in issues experienced within the parent-child relationship, gaining an understanding of the lived experiences of
these single parents can encourage the development of more effective support services, resources, and education. This study is designed in an attempt to
minimize gaps in the existing literature in addressing the issue as experienced by single parents raising a child with ADHD and a coexisting diagnosis of
For the purpose of this study, a qualitative, phenomenological research study using a transcendental phenomenology approach will be used to identify common
themes among single parents who are raising a child with ADHD and co-morbid ODD. Participants will be interviewed to provide in-depth data on their
personal lived experiences raising a child with ADHD/ODD, providing a way to view the phenomenon through the eyes of the participants (Moustakas, 1994), in
this case, the single parents raising a child with ADHD/ODD. The interviews will be semi-structured to support the researcher’s ability to guide the
interview process to obtain detailed and honest responses from participants that are relevant to the phenomenon studied and the specific research question
of the study (Moustakas, 1994). The analysis of data will follow the modified van Kaam method (Moustakas, 1994) incorporating key aspects of phenomenology,
including bracketing to separate out the researcher’s own experiences of a phenomenon in order to collect the lived experiences of others regarding the
phenomenon while limiting researcher bias (Creswell, 2009; Moustakas, 1994).
Non-profit; Doctoral Learner at Capella University.
Date after which new study participants will no longer be accepted:
No additional participants will be accepted once 10 participants are identified.
Creswell, J. W. (2009). Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods
(3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Moustakas, C. (1994). Phenomenological research methods. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Publications, Inc. doi: http://dx.doi.org.library.capella.edu/10.4135/9781412995658