Predictors of Burden of Care Among Caregivers of Drug-Naive Children and Adolescents With ADHD: A Cross-Sectional Correlative Study From Muscat, Oman

Naser Al-Balushi, Mohammed Al-Alawi, Muna Al Shekaili, Manal Al-Balushi, Hassan Mirza, Salim Al-Huseini, Sathiya Murthi Panchatcharam, Nasser Al-Sibani, Angie Cucchi, Samir al-Adawi

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Objective: the study assessed the prevalence of burden of care among caregivers of children with ADHD in Oman. A related aim is to explore the predictors of the burden of care, subtypes of ADHD, and socio-demographic factors. Method: Arabic version of the Zarit Burden Interview (ZBI) was administered to 117 caregivers of drug-naive children with ADHD. Sociodemographic background and clinical data were gathered from medical records and from the attending caregivers themselves. The ADHD symptoms were grouped under three categories : hyperactive, inattentive, or mixed. Results: the prevalence of the burden of care was estimated to be 34%. Income levels and the child’s ADHD diagnosis being of “mixed” type have significant impact on the burden of care. Conclusion: the results of this study indicate that the prevalence of the burden of care among the caregivers of ADHD children in Oman is comparable with that in the other regions of the world.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Attention Disorders
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018



  • ADHD
  • burden of care
  • caregivers
  • family functioning
  • Zarit Burden Interview

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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