A new study says that parents whose children suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to divorce than people whose kids are perfectly normal. University at Buffalo researchers have found that parents of a child with ADHD are nearly twice as likely to divorce by the time the child is 8 years old than parents of children without the condition. "Certainly we are not suggesting that having a child with ADHD is the only reason these marriages end in divorce," William E. Pelham, Jr., Ph.D., professor of psychology and pediatrics at the University at Buffalo and senior author on the study. "Disruptive child behaviour likely interacts over time with other existing stress in the family to spark conflict in a marriage and, ultimately, divorce," he added. When parents interact with an ADHD child, they are more distressed, argue with one another more, and view one another as less supportive. The study involving 282 adolescents and young adults who had been diagnosed with the disorder in childhood and their parents showed that that 22.7 percent of parents of children with ADHD had divorced by the time the child was 8 years old. "Families that 'survive' through that age, perhaps because they are low on all of the risk factors, apparently will make it through the rest of the child's childhood," said Pelham. Other most important factor that may contribute to risk of divorce included father's antisocial behaviour. Moreover, the rate of divorce also increased when mothers had substantially less education than fathers along with children having serious oppositional-defiant disorder (ODD) and conduct disorder (CD). The researchers said "those who treat children with ADHD and disruptive behaviour problems should take note if parents are having marriage problems and try to intervene to prevent the children from going through the trauma of divorce." The study appears in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.Source: ANIRAS/SK << Climate Change Impact on Lakes Different in Warmer and Cold... Childhood Developmental Disorders Risk Increased by Anesthe... >> Recommended Reading Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurobiological disorder that affects normal behavior and impairs the ability to concentrate. READ MORE Development Milestone Medindia offers a milestone chart for the growing child, by which we can determine the activities of the baby at various stages of the growth. READ MORE Cognitive and Language Development Influenced by Gamma Waves in Infants' Brains Scientists at Rutgers University in Newark say that gamma wave activity in the brains of infants may be the key to the development of cognitive and language abilities during the first READ MORE Divorce: Pros and Cons Divorce can be traumatic for children and create a sense of insecurity amongst them. Couples should realize that joined parenting is important even after divorce. READ MORE Dyscalculia / Learning Disabilities Dyscalculia is a learning disability involving mathematics. Recognized by The WHO, it affects nearly 4 – 7% of the world population. If you have dyscalculia it tends to affect every aspect of your life. READ MORE How to Handle Depression and Stress while Going Through a Divorce? Divorce or breakup can be stressful and cause anxiety, depression and panic. Simple ways can help you deal with depression triggered by loss of marriage. READ MORE How to Save your marriage You can save your marriage - even when your partner insists on a divorce. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia The Essence of Yoga Iron Intake Calculator Drug Interaction Checker More News on: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)Height and Weight-KidsBullying at School - Tips For SchoolsADHDHow to Save your marriageDyscalculia / Learning DisabilitiesDivorce: Pros and ConsHow to Handle Depression and Stress while Going Through a Divorce?