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Abstract (summary): Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is the most common condition in children worldwide. Families are often challenged by the condition and some are utilizing family Taekwondo as a tool to manage unwanted symptoms.

The purpose of this qualitative research study was to explore the impact of family Taekwondo on the functioning of the family and child with ADHD, who were participating in Taekwondo programs in southern Ontario.

The children and parents from two families participated in semi-structured interviews. Responses from a demographic questionnaire provided information regarding the child's ADHD and family composition.

Through analysis of the data, five distinct themes emerged: school performance, family bonding, Taekwondo culture, challenge, and ADHD management.

The results from this study strongly indicate that both parents and their children with ADHD, participating in Taekwondo perceived a significant positive impact of this martial art on the children with ADHD to achieve their goals and on family relationships.

Description: This thesis/dissertation was completed and submitted at Nipissing University, and is made freely accessible through the University of Toronto’s TSpace repository.

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(Nipissing University, Faculty of Education)

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About the Author:
MeLisa Turcott Strongheart is a Master Instructor and owner at Mercer Island Martial Arts. She is a 7th Dan Master Instructor. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology, Mental Health Counseling. She brings these two areas of specialization to her work with families, children, teens, and in designing curriculum.

Master Strongheart emphasizes and has taught thousands of students the value and power of respect. Respect for oneself, others, and the community.

(MIMA), located on Mercer Island between Bellevue and Seattle in Washington is celebrating 24 years on the island in 2021. MIMA's curriculum is intentionally designed to build fitness, flexibility, self-defense, as well as to create a milieu that engenders physical and psychological growth, respect, courage, community activism and leadership.

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