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Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2008 Nov;47(9):865-72. doi: 10.1177/0009922808319963. Epub 2008 Jun 16.

ADHD: does parenting style matter?

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University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, Connecticut Valley Hospital, Middletown, Connecticut, USA.


Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition typically arising in childhood, which untreated, can have consequences reaching into adolescence and beyond. Effective pharmacological treatment is available and has become widespread in the West. Outcomes for both the child with ADHD and the parent may be influenced by the nature of interaction between them. The authors of this article aim to review published research examining the interaction between parents and their children with ADHD. A PubMed search was conducted of studies written in English between 2000 and 2007 with the keywords ADHD and parenting. Child ADHD elicits high levels of parental stress and maladaptive parenting. The presence of parental psychopathology is common and influences the parent's response to the child's ADHD symptoms. Optimizing parent-child interaction and parental psychiatric status may improve outcomes for both parent and child.

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