Parental Jail Time May Sentence Kids to a Lifetime of Mental Illness

 ADHD in the News 2019-09-19

Parental incarceration is associated with a significantly increased risk of mental illness in offspring that can start in childhood and extend into adulthood, new research shows. A study of more than 1400 participants showed that children of incarcerated parents were twice as likely to have a childhood diagnosis of depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and conduct disorder compared with their counterparts whose parents did not serve jail time.