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Study: Emotional Dysregulation Associated with Weak, Risky Romantic Relationships Among Teens with ADHD

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May 20, 2020Adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and severe emotional dysregulation (ED) are more likely to have many shallow, short-term romantic relationships, more romantic partners overall, engage in sexual intercourse, and participate in unprotected sex.

ED was particularly associated with poor relationship quality and risky sexual behaviors, two challenges that may persist and worsen in adulthood, according to a new study published in the Journal of Attention Disorders1.The research, which investigated the extent to which social skills and emotional regulation contribute to patterns of romantic impairment that persist into adulthood, studied the responses of 171 adolescents with ADHD (80% male; 70% white;

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