ERIC Number: EJ823792
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
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Rate and Predictors of Divorce among Parents of Youths with ADHD
Wymbs, Brian T.; Pelham, William E., Jr.; Molina, Brooke S. G.; Gnagy, Elizabeth M Wilson, Tracey K.; Greenhouse, Joel B.
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, v76 n5 p735-744 Oct 2008
Numerous studies have asserted the prevalence of marital conflict among families of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but evidence is surprisingly less convincing regarding whether parents of youths with ADHD are more at risk for divorce than are parents of children without ADHD. Using survival analyses, the authors compared the rate of marital dissolution between parents of adolescents and young adults with and without ADHD. Results indicated that parents of youths diagnosed with ADHD in childhood (n = 282) were more likely to divorce and had a shorter latency to divorce compared with parents of children without ADHD (n = 206). Among a subset of those families of youths with ADHD, prospective analyses indicated that maternal and paternal education level; paternal antisocial behavior; and child age, race/ethnicity, and oppositional-defiant/conduct problems each uniquely predicted the timing of divorce between parents of youths with ADHD. These data underscore how parent and child variables likely interact to exacerbate marital discord and, ultimately, dissolution among families of children diagnosed with ADHD.
Descriptors: Divorce, Antisocial Behavior, Marital Satisfaction, Young Adults, Parent Child Relationship, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Incidence, Predictor Variables, Marital Instability, Family Environment, At Risk Persons, Adolescents, Comparative Analysis, Educational Attainment, Age Differences, Racial Differences, Individual Characteristics, Behavior Disorders
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