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Study: Adolescent Screen Use Worsens ADHD Symptoms, Emotions, Family Environment

April 23, 2021Adolescents with ADHD and problematic digital media use (PDMU) experienced more severe ADHD symptoms, negative emotions, executive function deficits, strain on family environment, pressure from life events, and lower motivation to learn than those without PDMU, according to a new Global Health study of screen use during the pandemic.1 Home quarantine, online class, and lack of parental supervision has catalyzed PDMU during the pandemic for many children.

Previous research has suggested that there is a close relationship between PDMU and ADHD, behavior problems, and emotional problems; this research sought to further explore that relationship.2For the present study, 192 Chinese participants with ADHD, aged 8 to 16, were divided.

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