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Childhood attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, substance use, and adult functioning among incarcerated women.

Hennessey KA, et al. J Atten Disord. 2010.


OBJECTIVE: To estimate prevalence of childhood ADHD among incarcerated women and determine its association with substance use and adult functioning.

METHOD: 192 female participants are recruited from the Department of Corrections in Rhode Island. Childhood ADHD is defined as scoring >46 on the Wender Utah Rating Scale.

RESULTS: The findings reveal that 46% met criteria for childhood ADHD. Multivariate analysis reveal that women meeting WURS criteria were more likely to be inconsistently employed (OR = 0.23, 95% CI = 0.10-0.54), recently homeless (OR = 2.09, 95% CI = 1.02-4.30), lifetime incarceration of more than 90 days (OR = 3.00, 95% CI = 1.37-6.57), current smokers (OR = 2.99, 95% CI = 1.24-7.20), and ever used marijuana regularly (OR = 3.47, 95% CI = 1.61-7.45).

CONCLUSION: Among incarcerated women, childhood ADHD is associated with negative social and health behaviors.


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