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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), pp. 419-433. (doi: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.

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Published date: September 2007

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Local EPrints ID: 54742
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/54742
ISSN: 0261-510X
PURE UUID: 7c32412e-c465-4998-bc10-4a70191cf342

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Date deposited: 29 Jul 2008
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:34

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Author: Lamprini Psychogiou
Author: Dave Daley
Author: Margaret Thompson
Author: Edmund Sonuga-Barke

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