Theodora Nelson, Patricia East, Cecilia Rhodes, and Rich Fancher
We hypothesized that different parenting styles of children with inattentive and hyperactive behaviors would affect a child’s later behaviors and have important implications for how physician’s educate parents. Analyzing data from a large, longitudinal cohort study of Chilean children, we looked at the frequency of children’s hyperactive and inattentive symptoms at age 5, mother’s nurturant and, separately, hostile parenting at child’s age 10, and substance use and aggression at adolescence. Our study findings support the idea that mother’s frequent hostile and, separately, lower nurturant parenting of hyperactive and inattentive children is related to children’s higher risk behaviors in adolescence. Read the article.