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ERIC Number: EJ940082
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0261-510X
Testing the Interactive Effect of Parent and Child ADHD on Parenting in Mothers and Fathers: A Further Test of the Similarity-Fit Hypothesis
Psychogiou, Lamprini; Daley, Dave; Thompson, Margaret; Sonuga-Barke, Edmund
British Journal of Developmental Psychology, v25 n3 p419-433 Sep 2007
Mother and child ADHD symptoms both have a negative effect on parenting. Little is known about how these characteristics interact. In a recent paper, we reported two studies that suggested that maternal ADHD ameliorated the negative effects of child ADHD on negative parenting supporting a "similarity-fit" hypothesis. The aim of the current paper is to extend this analysis to a sample of mothers and fathers. The study examined the association between child and adult ADHD symptoms on child-specific parenting practices in 278 mothers and 85 fathers from a population-based sample of school-age children. As in the previous study, high levels of ADHD symptoms in mothers ameliorated the negative effects of child ADHD on parenting--supporting the "similarity-fit" hypothesis. Fathers demonstrated the opposite effect with high levels of ADHD exacerbating the effects of child ADHD--supporting a "similarity-misfit" hypothesis. The study confirms the important role played by parental ADHD symptoms in parenting while highlighting differences between mothers and fathers in this regard.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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