Children with ADHD have an increased risk for affective comorbidities if their mother suffered abuse as a child, Spanish researchers report.
Presenting their findings here at the 5th World Congress on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), the team notes, however, that the relationship, which may be mediated by difficulties with maternal attachment, was not replicated in fathers who reported childhood abuse.
They suggest that if their results are confirmed in further studies, special clinical attention should be paid to women with a history of child abuse who have children with ADHD.
Previous studies have indicated that parental psychopathology and parenting behavior are associated with developmental outcomes for children with ADHD and that abuse is linked to ongoing problems in adulthood, including problems with parenting.
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