Testing the interactive effect of parent and child ADHD on parenting in mothers and fathers: Aafurther test of the similarity-fit hypothesis


Psychogiou, Lamprini, Daley, Dave, Thompson, Margaret and Sonuga-Barke, Edmund (2007) Testing the interactive effect of parent and child ADHD on parenting in mothers and fathers: Aafurther test of the similarity-fit hypothesis. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 25, (3), 419-433. (doi:10.1348/026151006X170281).

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Original Publication URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1348/026151006X170281

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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.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0261-510X (print)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Psychology > Division of Clinical Neuroscience
ePrint ID: 54742
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:37
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/54742

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