Sep 11, 2004

Maternal smoking during pregnancy: risk factor for ADHD in the offspring?

Zeitschrift für Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie und Psychotherapie
Manfred Laucht, Martin H Schmidt


To examine the specifity of the association between maternal smoking during pregnancy and child behaviour problems. In a prospective longitudinal study of a birth cohort of 362 children at risk parental tobacco use, cognitive and social-emotional child outcome and characteristics of family environment were assessed. About a quarter of mothers reported regular tobacco use during pregnancy. Children in this group exhibited enhanced rates of ADHD. This association held even after adjustment for a number of covariates. The findings suggest that maternal smoking during pregnancy may represent an independent risk factor for ADHD in the offspring.

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Prevalence Studies
Longitudinal Survey
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Nicotiana tabacum
Prenatal Exposure Delayed Effects
Cigar smoker
Attention Deficit Disorder
Smoking, Passive

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