Risk of Intimate Partner Violence Among Young Adult Males With Childhood ADHD

Brian Wymbs, Brooke Molina, William Pelham, Jee Won Cheong, Elizabeth Gnagy, Kat Belendiuk, Christine Walther, Dara Babinski, Dan Waschbusch

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Objective: Research has clearly documented the social dysfunction of youth with ADHD. However, little is known about the interpersonal relationships of adults diagnosed with ADHD in childhood, including rates of intimate partner violence (IPV). Method: Using data from the Pittsburgh ADHD Longitudinal Study, analyses compared the level of IPV (verbal aggression, violence) reported by young adult (18- to 25-year-old) males with childhood ADHD (n = 125) with reports by demographically similar males without ADHD histories (n = 88). Results: Males with childhood ADHD, especially those with conduct problems persisting from childhood, were more likely to be verbally aggressive and violent with romantic partners than males without histories of ADHD or conduct problems. Conclusions: Research is needed to replicate these findings, to explore potential mechanisms, and to develop effective interventions for romantic relationship discord among young adults with ADHD histories, especially those with persistent conduct problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)373-383
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Attention Disorders
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology


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