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ERIC Number: EJ990121
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1087-0547
Association of Parental ADHD and Depression with Externalizing and Internalizing Dimensions of Child Psychopathology
Humphreys, Kathryn L.; Mehta, Natasha; Lee, Steve S.
Journal of Attention Disorders, v16 n4 p267-275 May 2012
Objective: To study the independent association of parental depression and ADHD on three dimensions of child psychopathology among 178 children aged 5 to 10 years. Method: Self-reported measures of parental depression and ADHD as well as rating scales and structure diagnostic interviews of child internalizing, ADHD, and externalizing problems were obtained. Results: Structural equation modeling indicated that parental ADHD was positively associated with a broad child problems factor after a second-order factor of child problems best accounted for the high intercorrelations among the internalizing, ADHD, and externalizing child psychopathology factors. Parental depression did not significantly predict the second-order child problems factor, but it specifically predicted the child internalizing factor. Conclusion: These results suggest that parental ADHD may be a nonspecific risk factor for child psychopathology broadly, whereas parental depression may function as a specific risk factor for child internalizing problems. (Contains 2 tables, 2 figures, and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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