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Personality Characteristics of Mothers of Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder as Assessed by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory

Authors
  • Lee, Soon Jeong1
  • Kwon, Jung-Hwa1
  • Lee, Yu Jin2
  • 1 Department of Psychiatry, Seoul Metropolitan Eunpyong Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2 Department of Psychiatry, Gachon University Gil Hospital, Incheon, Korea.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Psychiatry Investigation
Publisher
Korean Neuropsychiatric Association
Publication Date
Dec 31, 2008
Volume
5
Issue
4
Pages
228–231
Identifiers
DOI: 10.4306/pi.2008.5.4.228
PMID: 20046342
PMCID: PMC2796013
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
License
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Abstract

Objective The current study investigated the personality characteristics of mothers of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) using the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI). Methods Fifty mothers (average age of 38.1±4.2 years) of children with ADHD not having comorbidity (37 boys, 13 girls; average age of 8.5±1.9 years) and 59 mothers (average age of 38.1±2.7 years) of comparison children (37 boys, 13 girls; average age of 8.1±1.5 years) completed the Korean version of the MMPI. Only mothers whose psychiatric health was verified by the Structured Clinical Interview for axis-I DSM-IV disorders (SCID-IV) were included in current study. Results After controlling for maternal age, maternal education level, children's gender, age, and total and verbal intelligence quotient (IQ), the MMPI scores of the mothers of children with ADHD were significantly higher on the depression (D), hysteria (Hy) and psychasthenia (Pt) scales than those of the mothers of children in the comparison group. Conclusion These results suggested that even psychologically healthy mothers of children with ADHD alone might be depressed, histrionic and anxious.

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