Chapter 5. The Genetics of ADHD

  1. Chris Chandler

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444328172.ch5

Science of ADHD, The

Science of ADHD, The

How to Cite

Chandler, C. (2010) The Genetics of ADHD, in Science of ADHD, The, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444328172.ch5

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 24 SEP 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405162340

Online ISBN: 9781444328172



  • genetics of ADHD;
  • science of genetics, fast-moving - evidence for biological component in ADHD etiology;
  • evidence for (and against) ADHD - a genetically inherited disorder;
  • genetic and environmental factors of ADHD - comparing monozygotic (MZ) and dizygotic (DZ) twins;
  • ADHD in families - transmission, likely to be genetic;
  • behaviors associated with ADHD - as spandrels, genetically linked to adaptations as language;
  • negative qualities associated with ADHD - really being the signs of gifted children;
  • dopamine receptor gene, DRD4 - associated with ADHD;
  • ADHD-related gene, encouraging behavior - beneficial for a nomadic lifestyle;
  • molecular genetics


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Evidence for (and against) ADHD as a Genetically Inherited Disorder

  • Evolution and the Continuation of ADHD

  • Molecular Genetics

  • Summary