The Effect of Childhood ADD/ADHD on Parental Workforce Participation

Emily J. Callander, Faith Allele, Hayley Roberts, William Guinea, Daniel B. Lindsay

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Objective: This research aimed to examine the impact of attention deficit disorder (ADD)/ADHD in children on parental labor force participation across different child age groups. Method: This study utilized a longitudinal, quantitative analyses approach. All data were collected from Wave 6 of the Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) survey. Results: After adjusting for various confounders, mothers whose children were 10/11 years old and had been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD were significantly more likely to be out of the labor force compared with those mothers whose child had not been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD. The impact was more pronounced for single mothers. No significant influence on paternal labor force participation was found. Conclusion: In assessing the cost-effectiveness of interventions for ADD/ADHD, policy makers and researchers must consider the long-term social and economic effects of ADD/ADHD on maternal workforce participation when considering costs and outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)487-492
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Attention Disorders
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • family impact
  • health economy

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