Monday, September 17, 2007
Blogsignment - Research Update
After scouring the Internet for information on the causes of ADHD, I came across some insights that support the argument for genetics as the main factor. If a trait is genetic, adopted children should resemble their biological relatives more closely than they do their adoptive relatives. Studies conducted by psychiatrist Dr. Dennis Cantwell compared adoptive children with hyperactivity to their adoptive and biological parents. Hyperactive children resembled their biological parents more than they did their adoptive parents with respect to hyperactivity. I think that the research done by Cantwell was very useful and relevant. I am leaning more and more towards the genetics POV. In fact, there is an overwhelming amount of evidence for this side of the argument.