ADHD Mothers More Likely to Have Children with ADHD, Autism

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  1. runawaybunny

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    ADHD Mothers More Likely to Have Children with ADHD, Autism - Florida International University

    An FIU study led by psychologist Erica D. Musser breaks new ground in the understanding of the link between parents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and their children with ADHD or autism spectrum disorder (Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)).

    Recently published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, the study is the first to find that mothers with ADHD are six times more likely to have children diagnosed with ADHD and two-and-a-half times more likely to have children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) than moms who do not have ADHD.

    “This study shows there is a link between mothers with ADHD and children with autism that we didn’t know existed before,” Musser said. “The idea that autism spectrum disorders are also more likely in children of mothers with ADHD had not been confirmed prior to this. The link may be genetically based or environmentally based, but better understanding that link would require additional research.”
     
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