Neonatal behavior of infants at familial risk for ADHD Academic Article uri icon


  • One of the most common disorders of childhood is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with a prevalence of 3–5% (American Psychiatric Association, 1994). Surprisingly, possible early developmental precursors of this disorder have been relatively uninvestigated. ADHD is a developmental disorder with both genetic and environmental underpinnings (Cunningham & Barkley, 1979; Woodward, Taylor, & Dowdney, 1998) making it an ideal candidate for a comprehensive longitudinal investigation of its possible developmental pathway(s). In this paper, we report findings from a neonatal assessment of infants participating in a longitudinal project of familial risk for ADHD … Although ADHD is diagnosed on the basis of child behavior in various settings, it is assumed that the underlying mechanism is neurodevelopmental (Taylor, 1999). Various conceptual approaches have been advanced to elucidate the core deficit(s) underlying ADHD but …

publication date

  • January 1, 2005