ADHD Mothers More Likely to Have Children with ADHD, Autism

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A study recently published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry has found that mothers with ADHD are six times more likely to have children diagnosed with ADHD and two-and-a-half times more likely to have children diagnosed with ASD than moms who do not have ADHD.

“This study shows there is a link between mothers with ADHD and children with autism that we didn’t know existed before,” study author, Florida International University psychologist Erica Musser, said. “The idea that autism spectrum disorders are also more likely in children of mothers with ADHD had not been confirmed prior to this. The link may be genetically based or environmentally based, but better understanding that link would require additional research.”

The researchers relied on electronic medical data for more than 46,000 women and children between the ages of 6 and 12 in the United States.

According to Musser, next steps are to examine whether biological factors are the underlying reasons for why moms with ADHD are more likely to have children with autism. She also suggests looking at fathers with ADHD.

ADHD Mothers More Likely to Have Children with ADHD, Autism
ADHD Mothers More Likely to Have Children with ADHD, Autism
An FIU study led by psychologist Erica Musser breaks new ground in the understanding of the link between parents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and their children with ADHD or autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Recently published in the Journal of Child Psychology and ...
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