Preventing ADHD: positive mothers, well-behaved kids Promoting positive parenting practices, while paying attention to the child's temperament, could prevent ADHD symptoms, according to a new UdeM and CHU Sainte-Justine study.
Studies have shown that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children can be reduced through positive parenting: by encouraging them, reassuring them, structuring their tasks and, of course, giving affection.
But few studies have measured the effect of positive parenting when combined with suppression of inappropriate behaviour by the children themselves, also known as inhibitory control.
Charlie Rioux, a psychology graduate at Université de Montréal, and her colleague Julie Murray, of UdeM's School of Psycho-Education, decided to take a look. What they discovered could lead to better-targeted interventions to prevent the onset and exacerbation of the symptoms of ADHD.
Published in Development and Psychopathology, their study was supervised by UdeM professors and CHU Sainte-Justine researchers Natalie Castellanos Ryan and Jean R. Séguin, and by UdeM professor Sophie Parent.
A seven-year follow-up
The researchers analyzed data collected from 195 mothers in the Montreal area. The mothers answered questionnaires from when their child was five months old until they reached age 7.
The researchers examined the relationship between the positive parenting of mothers when their child was four years old and the inhibitory control of the child at six years of age to see if they could predict ADHD symptoms at age 7.
Source : CHU Sainte-Justine