Family Financial Difficulties Can Lead to Children Developing ADHD
In a study led by Abigail Russell, a doctoral candidate in medical studies (Child
Mental Health Group) at the University of Exeter Medical School, in the United
Kingdom, she and other researchers were able to link family financial
difficulties to an increased risk of developing ADHD in children.
This is an interesting study because researchers rarely
associate environmental factors in the home to developing ADHD. While it is
true that environmental factors play a role in developing mental disorders,
this new study identifies a new trigger in ADHD development.
Russell continues by saying "27.8% of the association between ADHD and
financial difficulties was [instigated] by lack of parental involvement and
exposure to psychosocial adversity, including domestic violence.” This gives
more clarity to the finding, by showing us that traumatizing events such as
domestic violence and tense home settings can have negative effects on a
child’s brain development.
"There were, however, no significant associations
between ADHD and weekly income, maternal or paternal education, or maternal or
paternal employment”, according to Russell and colleagues. This is comforting
to know, because parents will not feel that their children will inevitably
develop ADHD based on their income or financial status.
Russell continues to say that theses findings can very well
help us in reducing the risk of developing ADHD in children. It’s important to
note that while doctors do everything they can to reduce the impact of ADHD in
one’s life, there is a huge role we can play in shaping a child’s environment
for the better.
The entire article can be found here: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/845696