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The longitudinal association between infant negative emotionality, childhood maltreatment, and ADHD symptoms: A secondary analysis of data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study

PUBLISHED June 30, 2023 (DOI: https://doi.org/10.54985/peeref.2306p1269196)

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Authors

Dennis Golm1 , Valerie Brandt1
  1. University of Southampton

Conference / event

Conference of the International Association for Developmental Psychobiology, July 2023 (Utrecht, Netherlands)

Poster summary

Maltreated children have a higher prevalence of attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). A twin study showed that, while maltreatment has an effect on ADHD symptom load, the presence of ADHD is largely explaned by genetic factors.The overlap between ADHD and maltreatment experiences could be explained by temperamental traits that share a genetic basis with ADHD. One of these traits is negatve emotionality. In a longitudinal data set, we were able to show that infant negative emotionality indeed predicts not only ADHD symptoms, but also maltreatment load. The association between ADHD symptoms and maltreatment load is bi-directional. Our results could help identify families in need for additional support.

Keywords

Maltreatment, ADHD, Temperament

Research areas

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences

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No competing interests were disclosed.
Data availability statement
The datasets generated during and / or analyzed during the current study are available elsewhere (e.g., repository).
www.ffcws.princeton.edu/documentation
Creative Commons license
Copyright © 2023 Golm et al. This is an open access work distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Golm, D., Brandt, V. The longitudinal association between infant negative emotionality, childhood maltreatment, and ADHD symptoms: A secondary analysis of data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study [not peer reviewed]. Peeref 2023 (poster).
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