Sunday, November 9, 2008

ADHD and Divorce

Divorce is More Likely For Parents of ADD/ADHD Children:

If any parent of an child with ADD/ADHD needed any more proof that this disorder strains the entire family, you need only read the latest study on the subject in the October issue of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

Thought to be the first study of its kind, the research revealed that parents who have a child with ADD/ADHD are twice as likely to be divorced by the time the child is 8 years old compared to those marriages in which the child doesn’t have the disorder.

The study discovered that those 23 percent of parents whose children had ADD/ADHD were likely to divorce compared to only 13 percent of couples whose children didn’t have the disorder.

Not only that, but the investigators also discovered that among the divorced couples, those whose families included children with ADD/ADHD experienced divorce sooner than those families who didn’t.

The lead author of the study, Brian T. Wymbs, who is completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, Pa., believes that this is the first study to examine “both parent and child factors individually” in regard to the rate and timing of divorce.

“Moreover, this is the only study,” he continued, “to demonstrate that the severity of the child’s disruptive behavior, specifically those with ODD [oppositional defiant disorder] or CD [conduct disorder], increases the risk of divorce.”

The study also revealed that among divorced couples who had children with ADD/ADHD, other characteristics appear to play a role in the decision to divorce. Among them include the age of the children when he was diagnosed, the ethnicity of the parents, as well as the severity of any disorders that have been diagnosed along with the ADD/ADHD, like ODD or CD.

Two additional factors also seem to influence the risk and rate of divorce: the level of education of the parents and the father’s “antisocial behavior”, such as any type of criminal background.

In fact, according to the study, this final factor is may also be the largest one. Another cause which may contribute to the high divorce rate was when the mother had a substantially less education than the fathers.

To view the entire article and read more on this study click here.

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Dr. Kenny

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