Thursday, October 23, 2008

ADHD ups divorce risk

A study of 488 children and their families in Pittsburgh, U.S. has found that families with young children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) were almost twice as likely to divorce, although there was no difference in the divorce rate after the child reached eight. The study found that for families with children with ADHD having a father with antisocial behaviour was the biggest risk factor for divorce. Other risk factors were: mothers who had substantially less education than their fathers; children being diagnosed with ADHD at a younger age; being from an ethnic minority and children who also had serious problems with 'oppositional defiant disorder' (not doing what they were told) and 'conduct disorder' (being naughty).

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