Attachment and parental reflective functioning features in ADHD: Enhancing the knowledge on parenting characteristics

Clarissa Cavallina, Chiara Pazzagli, Veronica Ghiglieri, Claudia Mazzeschi

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Abstract

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a disorder characterized by a chronic, pervasive, and developmentally inappropriate levels of impulsivity and in attention. It is associated with adverse academic and social functions and stress to families. Studies provide evidence that family variables are correlated with this disorder and that parenting styles play an important role in its complexity. However, a thorough investigation of the impact of parental affective and relational aspects on the ADHD child's areas of functioning is still needed. In designing future research on ADHD, we suggest to investigate parenting characteristics to a greater extent by adopting an attachment perspective with a focus on parental reflective functioning as it pertains to the child's ADHD clinical condition.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1313
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Volume6
Issue numberSEP
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • ADHD
  • Attachment
  • Parenting
  • Reflective functioning
  • Risk factor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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