ADHD and Family Functioning

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Arthur D. Anastopoulos, Professor and Director of ADHD Clinic (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Most of what is known about attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and family functioning has been derived from studies that used children with ADHD as the starting point for their investigations. Such research has consistently reported that parent–child interactions are often characterized by a high degree of negativity and conflict. Also commonly found in such families are the use of less effective parenting strategies, elevated levels of parenting stress, higher rates of parental depression and other types of psychological distress, lower levels of marital satisfaction, and increased sibling conflict. Although a great deal of progress has been made, many questions remain as to how ADHD plays out in families. Several research design issues have limited our understanding of this topic, including an absence of empirical attention to underlying conceptual processes that may serve to explain the link between ADHD and various family outcomes. Implications for future research and clinical practice are discussed.

Additional Information

Current Attention Disorders Reports, 1, 167-170
Language: English
Date: 2009
ADHD, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, families

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