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ADHD Diagnosis Rates Lower Among Children of Immigrants: U.S. Study

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September 26, 2023Children of immigrant parents are less likely to be diagnosed with ADHD, according to a U.S. nationwide study published in the Journal of Attention Disorders,1 which found the ADHD diagnosis rate was lower for children with one or more immigrant caregivers than it was for children with U.S.-born caregivers.Using data from the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH), 109,881 children aged 3 to 17 were assigned to one of three groups based on caregiver nativity: U.S.-born (71.94%), non-U.S.-born (18.99%), or both (9.07%).The more time foreign-born caregivers spent in the U.S., the more likely their child was to receive an ADHD diagnosis.

This association was most significant after 30 years in the country. Children with U.S.-born caregivers were the most likely to receive an ADHD diagnosis.ADHD remains one of the most common neurodevelopmental conditions diagnosed in the U.S.

Between 9.4% and 9.8% of American children have an ADHD diagnosis, according to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and cited by the researchers.2 U.S.

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