Children born to younger parents have an increased risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a large, population-based study suggests.

In an analysis of data from more than 50,000 individuals in Finland, the researchers found that having one parent younger than 20 years increased the risk for childhood ADHD by approximately 50%. Children born to families in which both parents were younger than 20 years had almost twice the risk for ADHD.

“Health professionals who work with young parents should be aware of the increased risk of ADHD in offspring,” investigators, led by Roshan Chudal, MBBS, MPH, Research Center for Child Psychiatry, Institute of Clinical Medicine and the University of Turku, Finland, write.

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