Child Psychiatry and Human Development

, Volume 37, Issue 2, pp 103–114

ADHD, Temperament, and Parental Style as Predictors of the Child’s Attachment Patterns


DOI: 10.1007/s10578-006-0024-7

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Finzi-Dottan, R., Manor, I. & Tyano, S. Child Psychiatry Hum Dev (2006) 37: 103. doi:10.1007/s10578-006-0024-7


This study investigates the impact of temperament and parenting styles on attachment patterns in children with ADHD. The study included 65 children aged 7–15 and their parents. Children diagnosed as Combined or Predominantly Hyperactive Impulsive Type had significantly higher scores than those diagnosed as Predominantly Inattentive Type in anxious and avoidant attachment, emotionality, and activity dimensions of temperament, and their parents reported higher levels of controlling styles. Hierarchic regressions indicated that parental promotion of autonomy with children with temperamental emotionality predicted anxious attachment, while parental restriction of autonomy with children with high levels of temperamental activity predicted avoidant attachment.


ADHD Temperament Attachment styles Parental style 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social WorkBar Ilan UniversityRamat GanIsrael
  2. 2.Geha Mental Health Center, Rabin Medical CenterPetah TiqvaIsrael
  3. 3.Sackler Faculty of MedicineTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael

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