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Journal:   JOURNAL OF MIDWIFERY & REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH   2014 , Volume 2 , Number 4; Page(s) 233 To 237.
 
Paper: 

MATERNAL ANXIETY AND ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER (ADHD) IN CHILDREN

 
 
Author(s):  MIRZAAGHASI ROOHALLAH, KOHANI YEGANE, BANIASADI HASAN, TARA FATEMEH*
 
* DEPARTMENT OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY, WOMEN'S HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER, SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, MASHHAD UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, MASHHAD, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

Background&aim: According to the previous studies, anxiety along with some other psychiatric disorders is common among mothers of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Since maternal anxiety affects mother-child interactions, early treatment plays an important role in the prognosis of ADHD in children. This study aimed to determine the relationship between maternal anxiety and hyperactivity in children.
Methods: This study was conducted on 112 mothers of ADHD children (aged 6-12 years), selected via convenience sampling from October to December 2012. The subjects lived in districts 2 and 6 of Tehran and were referred to consultation centers. Depression Anxiety Stress Scale 42 (DASS-42) and Swanson, Nolan and Pelham (SNAP-IV) questionnaires were completed by the subjects. Pearson’s correlation coefficient was used for the analysis of the relationship between variables.
Results: A positive correlation was found between maternal anxiety and children’s hyperactivity (P=0.05). In fact, high levels of maternal anxiety are accounted for various child-rearing problems such as children’s hyperactivity.
Conclusion: High levels of maternal anxiety lead to child rearing problems, which in turn cause various disorders such as hyperactivity in children.

 
Keyword(s): ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER, CHILDREN, MATERNAL ANXIETY
 
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