Examining the relationship between children’s ADHD symptomatology and inadequate parenting: the role of household chaos

  • Objective: This study examines the interrelations of parenting practices, emotional climate, and household chaos in families with children with and without ADHD. In particular, indirect pathways from children’s ADHD symptomatology to inadequate parenting and negative emotional climate via household chaos were investigated. Method: Parenting, emotional climate, and household chaos were assessed using questionnaires and a speech sample of parents of 31 children with and 53 without ADHD, aged 7 to 13 years. Results: Group differences were found for certain parenting dimensions, the parent–child relationship, critical comments, and household chaos. While we found significant indirect effects between children’s ADHD and certain parenting dimensions through household chaos, no effects were found for any aspect of emotional climate. Conclusion: Children’s ADHD symptoms translate into inadequate parenting through household chaos, which underlines the need for interventions to improve household organization skills in parents of children with ADHD.

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Author:Andrea WirthGND, Tilman ReineltORCiDGND, Caterina GawrilowORCiDGND, Christina Schwenck, Christine M. FreitagORCiDGND, Wolfgang RauchORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):Journal of Attention Disorders
Publisher:SAGE Publications
Place of publication:London
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2019/03/01
Date of first Publication:2017/02/01
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2020/09/22
Tag:ADHD; emotional climate; expressed emotion; household chaos; parenting
Page Number:12
First Page:451
Last Page:462
Institutes:Medizin / Medizin
Dewey Decimal Classification:1 Philosophie und Psychologie / 15 Psychologie / 150 Psychologie
6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 61 Medizin und Gesundheit / 610 Medizin und Gesundheit
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht