Research Review: The role of obstetric and neonatal complications in childhood attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder - a systematic review

Marta Serati, Jennifer L. Barkin, Giulia Orsenigo, Alfredo Carlo Altamura, Massimiliano Buoli

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Abstract

Background: Attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a developmental disorder characterized by an inability to sustain attention, activity levels and impulse control, and, according to the latest studies, the prevalence is about 8% and in some countries less than 1%. Currently, it is well-known that complications during the perinatal period have significant implications on child's physical and mental health. Purpose of the present paper is to review the literature about the association between perinatal complications and future risk of an ADHD diagnosis. Methods: A research in the main database sources has been conducted to obtain a systematic review on the perinatal risk factors of ADHD. Results: Among perinatal complications, available data indicate low birth weight (LBW) (Cohen's d effect size range: 0.31-1.64-small effect size) and preterm birth (PB) (range d: 0.41-0.68) as the most important factors associated with a future diagnosis of ADHD. Conclusions: PB and LBW children should be carefully monitored for an early diagnosis of ADHD limiting the impact of the disease in life span. A systematic review focusing on these risk factors have not been published until now, in the next future preventive strategies should be developed in order to minimize ADHD onset.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1290-1300
JournalJournal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines
Volume58
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder
  • Child development
  • Complications
  • Perinatal
  • Review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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