Anxiety and Depression in Children Diagnosed with ADHD: Links with Parental Personality Traits
Goth-Owens, Eliza J.
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The role that parenting plays in disorders such as ADHD has been studied for many years. The presence of ADHD has been found to have a strong genetic link, suggesting that behaviors and actions of parents do not play a part in whether or not their child will have the disorder. However parenting does play a role in the course the disorder takes. This study examined whether certain parental personality traits had stronger correlations than others with anxiety and depression in ADHD children. Data were collected from 304 families; each family had a child diagnosed with ADHD. NEO-PI-R data for the parents were compared to the MASC scores and the CDI scores of the children.