Use of nature in a multi-family therapy for Chinese families of adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: A photo-elicitation study

Wing Ka Julia LO, Joyce Lai Chong MA

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Abstract

This article reports the therapeutic resources in the natural outdoors that were conducive to the therapeutic process in a multi-family therapy (MFT) for enhancing the self-efficacy and collective family efficacy of Chinese families of adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in Hong Kong. Photo-elicited interviews with adolescents with ADHD and parent focus groups were employed to explore the participatory experiences of the families. A total of thirteen Chinese families of adolescents (aged 11–15 years) with ADHD participated in this study (fourteen adolescents with ADHD, eight fathers and ten mothers). The present study explored the potential therapeutic resources in the natural outdoors, namely a change in the group environment, spaciousness and darkness. The use of the natural outdoors in MFT proved to be a strategy useful for creating a naturalistic group setting within which family participants can more easily enact changes. Copyright © 2022 The Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Family Therapy
Early online date30 Mar 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Mar 2022

Citation

Lo, J. W. K., & Ma, J. L. C. (2022). Use of nature in a multi-family therapy for Chinese families of adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: A photo-elicitation study. Journal of Family Therapy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/1467-6427.12398

Keywords

  • ADHD
  • Darkness
  • Multi- family therapy
  • Nature
  • Photo-elicitation
  • Spaciousness

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