Volume 12, Issue 1 (5-2006)                   IJPCP 2006, 12(1): 55-58 | Back to browse issues page

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Sadri K, Shirazi E, Nohesara S. Prevalence of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in the History of Parents of Children with the Same Disorder. IJPCP. 2006; 12 (1) :55-58
URL: http://ijpcp.iums.ac.ir/article-1-37-en.html
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Introduction: To determine the prevalence of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)in the psychiatric history of parents of ADHD children.

Method: With the aid of convenience sampling, parents of 150 children (31 girls and 119 boys)with ADHD who were referred to the children and adolescent psychiatric clinics of Iran Univer-sity of Medical Sciences in the years 2002 and 2003 were assessed.  Diagnosis for children was made by clinical judgment and DSM-IV criteria checklist. The history of this disorder in the parents was assessed by DSM-IV criteria checklist and clinical psychiatric interviews. Data were ana-lyzed using descriptive analytical methods.

Results: A positive childhood history of ADHD symptoms was found in 76% of the parents. In 20% of cases both parents, and in 56% one parent had a positive history. The prevalence of fa- thers with a positive history (56%) was higher than mothers (40%).

Conclusion: Hereditary factors may be involved in the etiology of ADHD.

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Type of Study: Original Research | Subject: Psychiatry and Psychology
Received: 2007/02/18

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