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Psychiatry. 1998 Spring;61(1):12-9.

Description of mothers with ADHD with children with ADHD.

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  • 1Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.


Pilot data demonstrating the personality traits and background variables of ADHD mothers with children with ADHD are presented. Three subject groups are compared: mothers with ADHD, with ADHD children; mother without ADHD, with ADHD children; and mothers without ADHD, without ADHD children. Significant differences are observed on the Wender Utah Scale for attention deficit disorder, levels of neuroticism and conscientiousness on the NEO-Five Factor Inventory are significantly higher in mothers with ADHD. In addition, neuropsychiatric disorders, alcoholism in the family of origin, and atypical sexual events are reported at a significantly higher rate in the mothers with ADHD, with ADHD children. The implications of group differences are discussed.

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