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[Maternal smoking during pregnancy: risk factor for ADHD in the offspring?].

[Article in German]

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Klinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie des Kindes- und Jugendalters des Zentralinstituts für Seelische Gesundheit in Mannheim. laucht@zi-mannheim.de

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the specifity of the association between maternal smoking during pregnancy and child behaviour problems.

METHOD:

In a prospective longitudinal study of a birth cohort of 362 children at risk parental tobacco use, cognitive and social-emotional child outcome and characteristics of family environment were assessed.

RESULTS:

About a quarter of mothers reported regular tobacco use during pregnancy. Children in this group exhibited enhanced rates of ADHD. This association held even after adjustment for a number of covariates.

CONCLUSIONS:

The findings suggest that maternal smoking during pregnancy may represent an independent risk factor for ADHD in the offspring.

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PMID:
15357014
DOI:
10.1024/1422-4917.32.3.177
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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