Young Parents, Doubled ADHD Risk for Child?

By Liam Davenport
Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava, MD
April 6, 2015

Teenage Parents Double Risk for ADHD Children

Researchers found that having one parent younger than 20 raised the risk for childhood ADHD by about 50%. Children born to two parents younger than 20 had an even higher risk. Interestingly, the risk of ADHD dropped when mothers were older than 29. The study was published online by the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

According to Dr. Harold Levinson and the authors,  young parents often come from parents who were already young and so genetically predisposed to ADHD and/or exposed to a large number of social and economic risk factors.

About Dr. Harold Levinson
Formerly Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center, Dr. Harold Levinson is currently Director of the Levinson Medical Center for Learning Disabilities in Long Island, New York. He is a well-known neuropsychiatrist, clinical researcher and author. For more information, call 1(800)334-7323 or visit:

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