Clinical Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience 2020; 18(4): 553-561  https://doi.org/10.9758/cpn.2020.18.4.553
Associations among High Risk for Sleep-disordered Breathing, Related Risk Factors, and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Symptoms in Elementary School Children
Kyoung Min Kim1, Jee Hyun Kim2, Dohyun Kim3, Myung Ho Lim4, Hyunjoo Joo5, Seung-Jin Yoo6, Eunjung Kim6, Mina Ha5, Ki Chung Paik1,6, Ho-Jang Kwon5,6
1Department of Psychiatry, Dankook University College of Medicine, 2Department of Neurology, Dankook University Hospital, Dankook University College of Medicine, 3Department of Psychiatry, Dankook University Hospital, 4Department of Psychology, College of Public Human Resources, Dankook University, 5Department of Preventive Medicine, Dankook University College of Medicine, 6Environmental Health Center, Dankook University Medical Center, Cheonan, Korea
Correspondence to: Kyoung Min Kim
Department of Psychiatry, Dankook University College of Medicine, 119 Dandae-ro, Dongnam-gu, Cheonan 31116, Korea
E-mail: profuture@naver.com
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0577-0701
Ho-Jang Kwon
Department of Preventive Medicine, Dankook University College
of Medicine, 119 Dandae-ro, Dongnam-gu, Cheonan 31116, Korea
E-mail: hojangkwon@gmail.com
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3029-5674
Received: August 28, 2019; Revised: December 18, 2019; Accepted: January 3, 2020; Published online: November 30, 2020.
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Abstract
Objective: Habitual snoring is a common problem in children. We evaluated the association between a high risk for sleep-disordered breathing and attention deficit/hyperactivity symptoms.
Methods: Parents of 13,560 children aged 6 to 12 years responded to questionnaires including items on habitual snoring and the Korean attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder rating scale. The snoring score comprised the number of “yes” responses to habitual-snoring items, and a high risk for sleep-disordered breathing was defined as a snoring score ≥ 2.
Results: The odds ratio (OR) of a high risk for sleep-disordered breathing was significantly higher in boys (OR = 1.47; p < 0.001), overweight children (OR = 2.20; p < 0.001), and children with current secondhand-smoking exposure (OR = 1.38; p < 0.001). The Korean attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder rating scale score increased significantly with the snoring score (0 vs. 1, B = 1.56, p < 0.001; 0 vs. 2, B = 2.44, p < 0.001; 0 vs. 3, B = 2.48, p < 0.001; 0 vs. 4, B = 3.95; p < 0.001).
Conclusion: Our study confirms several risk factors of sleep-disordered breathing, namely male sex, overweight, and exposure to tobacco smoking, and found a positive association between habitual snoring and attention deficit/hyperactivity symptoms.
Keywords: Sleep-disordered breathing; Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder; Risk factors; Elementary school children.
INTRODUCTION

Snoring is a sign of increased resistance in the upper airway during sleep and a cardinal symptom of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) [1]. SDB is a common sleep problem [2], with the spectral continuum ranging from the mild form of primary snoring or habitual snoring to the severest form of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) [2].

The prevalence of SDB in children has been reported to vary widely according to the defining criterion, such as snoring frequency, used in different studies. Lumeng and Chervin [3] reported, in a meta-analytic study, a prevalence of parent-reported “always” snoring of 1.5% to 6.0% and of apneic events during sleep of 0.2% to 4%, in a population of children and adolescents under 18 years of age. They also reported an overall prevalence of parent-reported snoring by any definition of 7.45%. Earlier studies in South Korean child and adolescent populations reported a prevalence of habitual snoring of 11.2% in high school students [4] and 16.5% in elementary school children [5].

While adenotonsillar hypertrophy is the most common cause of SDB due to the obstruction of the upper airway, with a peak at age 3 to 5 years [2], multiple risk factors such as obesity [6], asthma [7], race [8], and exposure to secondhand smoking (SHS) [9] have been reported to contribute to the development of SDB.

Obesity is one of the commonly reported risk factors for SDB, with the reported prevalence of OSAS in obese children and adolescents as high as 13% to 69% [10]. Expo-sure to SHS has also been reported as a risk factor for SDB, due to the possibility of chronic upper airway inflamma-tion. Sun and colleagues [9] reported an odds ratio (OR) of habitual snoring in children exposed to SHS of 1.46, 1.45, and 1.87 for household, paternal, and maternal smoking exposure, respectively, and an OR of 1.95 for prenatal exposure to SHS. Breastfeeding during infancy has been reported as another risk factor of SDB [11,12]. A birth cohort study reported that breastfeeding for longer than 1 month was associated with a reduced risk (OR = 0.48) of habitual snoring at age 8 [12].

Multiple studies have investigated the behavioral and psychological characteristics of children with SDB and reported consistently that SDB is associated with unfavorable characteristics such as depression and anxiety as well as with hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention, which are core symptoms of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) [13]. Sedky and colleagues [14] reported a moderate relationship between SDB and ADHD (Hedges’ g = 0.57), and Amiri and colleagues [15] reported that adenotonsillectomy in children with SDB resulted in a significant decrease in ADHD symptom severity. Other studies reported that the frequency of snoring, rather than the apnea-hypopnea index, predicted cognitive and behavioral problems in young children [16].

While a number of previous studies have investigated the risk factors of SDB and its association with ADHD symptoms, to our knowledge, no earlier study has been conducted with a large sample of elementary school children, especially in South Korea. We therefore investigated the risk factors of SDB and its association with behavioral outcomes in terms of ADHD symptoms in a large-scale, cross-sectional survey.

METHODS

Participants

Parents of 13,560 elementary school children in Cheonan, which is a medium-sized city with a mixture of industrialized urban and rural areas in South Korea, were invited to respond to the survey including health- and sleep-related questionnaires as part of a screening for neurodevelopmental disorders over a period from 2009 to 2010. All parents were provided with information regarding the purpose of the study, and they all provided written informed consent. The study protocol was approved by the institutional review board of Dankook University Hospital in Cheonan (DKUH-0801-006).

Questionnaire

The questionnaire included demographic characteristics such as sex, age, height, weight, parental educational level, breastfeeding during infancy, and prenatal and current exposure to SHS. To assess the SDB risk and symptoms, the Pediatric Sleep Questionnaire (PSQ) was utilized [17]. The PSQ is a questionnaire that assesses the multi-dimensional sleep problems of children, with the responses “yes” = 1, “no” = 0, and “don’t know” = blank. The Sleep-Related Breathing Disorder (SRBD) scale is derived from the PSQ, which consists of 22 items for total scores and three subscales of snoring (four items), sleepiness (four items), and behavior (six items). The SRBD scale has been used in multiple studies and reported to be a valid and reliable screening instrument with the ability to identify a high risk for OSA when polysomnography cannot be conducted [17,18]. As the optimal cut-off value of the SRBD scale, a mean value of 0.33 for the identification of pediatric OSA has been suggested. The snoring subscale of the SRBD scale, which consists of four items (A2: “snore more than half the time?”, A3: “always snore?”, A4: “snore loudly?”, and A5: “have “heavy” or loud breathing?”), showed a stronger association with mean sleep latency and SRBD diagnosis (area under receiver operator curve [ROC] = 0.85) than the other two subscales, sleepiness (area under ROC = 0.80) and behavior (area under ROC = 0.84) [17,18]. Although the predictive value of the SRBD overall score is better than that of the snoring subscale, we adopted only the four items of the snoring subscale for our brief questionnaire, to improve response rates considering the large number of participants. The snoring score was calculated as the number of “yes” responses to the four items. As the total score of snoring-related items ranged from 0 to 4, we defined the high-risk group for SDB as the group with a total score of snoring-related items equal to or higher than 2 points, which corresponds to the cut-off value of 0.33 of the SRBD scale.

To assess ADHD symptoms, the Korean version of the ADHD rating scale (K-ARS) was used. The K-ARS is a checklist for assessing ADHD symptom severity, developed by Dupaul et al. [19] and validated in multiple countries [20]. The K-ARS consists of 18 items rated on a 4-point scale from 0 to 3 points, with the response options “never or rarely”, “sometimes”, “often”, and “very often”. The Korean version of the K-ARS was translated and validated by So et al. [21] and has been used in a number of studies in South Korean children [22,23]. The Cronbach’s alpha values of the K-ARS total score and the hyperactivity-impulsivity and inattention subscale scores in the present study were 0.904, 0.812, and 0.859, respectively. The high-risk ADHD group included participants with a total ADHD score equal to or higher than 19.

Statistical Analysis

Statistical analyses were conducted using the software package SPSS 25.0 for Windows (IBM Co., Armonk, NY, USA). Demographic variables and environmental factors such as sex, age, body mass index (BMI), and exposure to SHS were compared between the “yes” and “no” response groups for each snoring-related item using chi-square tests and independent ttests for categorical and continuous variables, respectively. The overweight group included children with a BMI above the 85th percentile in the 2007 Korean National Growth Charts [24]. Logistic regression was performed to investigate the associations between a high risk for SDB and all related factors, including age, sex, overweight, current exposure to secondhand smoking, and paternal smoking during pregnancy with the high risk for SDB (snoring score ≥ 2) as the binary dependent variable. Generalized linear regression was used to analyze the associations between total K-ARS scores and related factors, including the snoring scores, age, sex, parental educational level, overweight, breast feeding, current exposure to secondhand smoking, and paternal smoking during pregnancy. Due to the high number of missing data on paternal smoking during pregnancy, this factor was included in a separate model (model 2) in the logistic regression and generalized linear regression analysis, to avoid a bias. In total, 115, 138, and 265 questionnaires had missing data for sex, age, and snoring items, respectively, and were thus excluded. Finally, 13,042 children were included in the analysis.

RESULTS

Demographic Characteristics and Proportion of Children at High Risk for SDB

Among the participants, there were 6,512 (49.9%) boys, and the mean age of the participants was 9.07 years, ranging from 6 to 12 years (Table 1). The “yes” response rate for each item and the distribution of habitual snoring scores is shown in Table 2. The rate of “yes” responses for each item was 5.1% to 5.8%, and the proportion of children whose parent responded “yes” to at least one item was 12.6%. The ratio of high-risk children, that is, those with a snoring score ≥ 2, was 5.7%.

Risk Factors Associated with SDB

SDB-related risk factors are listed in Table 3. Ratios of male/female sex, BMI, exposure to prenatal paternal smoking, and current exposure to SHS differed significantly between the high-risk and the non-high-risk groups. In the logistic regression analysis, male sex, overweight, and current exposure to secondhand smoking were signifi-cantly associated with a high risk for SDB (Table 4).

ADHD Symptoms and SDB Scores

Table 5 shows the scores for the K-ARS and its subscales, according to the responses to snoring items and snoring scores. The K-ARS scores of the high-risk SDB group were significantly higher than those of the SDB non-high-risk group. Higher snoring scores showed a significantly positive association with higher total scores on the K-ARS (Table 6). Age, sex, prenatal parental smoking, current exposure to secondhand smoking, and paternal education level were also significantly associated with the total K-ARS scores.

DISCUSSION

The present study investigated the risk factors of SDB and its association with ADHD symptoms in a large sample of elementary school children in South Korea. The prevalence of SDB has been reported to vary widely, depending on the defining criterion for the frequency and aspects of SDB [3]. In our study, 12.6% of parents responded “yes” to at least one item, and the prevalence of a high risk for SDB was 5.7%. These results are comparable to those of previous studies. Various international studies with children between 5 and 13 years of age have reported a prevalence of habitual snoring of 2.4% to 10.9% [25-28]. Studies conducted in Hong Kong and Thailand reported a prevalence of 10.9% and 8.5%, respectively [29,30].

In our study, the proportion of children at high risk for SDB did not significantly differ between different age groups. The prevalence of SDB has been reported to increase between 2 and 5 years of age [31] due to the narrowing of the pharyngeal airway, as a result of the more rapid growth of soft airway tissues (compared to the skeleton) between 3 and 5 years of age [2]. Papaioannou and colleagues [32] also reported that growing adenotonsillar tissue narrows the upper airway during early life, with a peak at the age of 6 years, and adenotonsillar hypertrophy has been reported as a major determinant of OSA in children but not in adolescents [33]. The non-significant association between age and SDB prevalence in our study might be explained by the older age range of our population, considering the period of soft upper airway tissue overgrowth.

We found significant sex differences in the risk for SDB in the present study, with a higher OR ratio (1.434) in boys. This is an interesting finding considering that our subjects were elementary school children aged 6 to 13 years of age. Lumeng and Chervin [3] reported a higher prevalence of childhood SDB in boys, approximately 50% to 100% higher than in girls, in a meta-analytic study. However, studies with participants at the pre-pubertal stage, that is, under 13 years of age, more commonly report no sex differences in SDB prevalence. Lumeng and Chervin [3] therefore suggested a potential mediating effect of puberty-related hormonal changes on higher SDB prevalence in boys, because studies that did report sex differences often included older children above 13 years of age.

Various studies have reported that obesity is one of the major risk factors for SDB, with a prevalence of SDB in obese children of 13% to 59% [34]. For instance, a German study demonstrated that obese children had a more than four times higher risk of snoring compared to children with a BMI below the 75th percentile [35]. Our study also showed that obesity is positively associated with a high risk for SDB. Obesity might contribute to adenoid and tonsil hypertrophy, which has been suggested as a major risk factor for SDB. Indeed, obese children with OSAS were seven and four times more likely to have enlarged tonsils and adenoids, respectively [36]; obesity-related overgrowth in fat pads, the soft palate, and the tongue might promote upper airway obstruction and SDB [6].

Our study showed an association between exposure to SHS and an increased OR for a high risk for SDB. Passive smoking might induce upper airway inflammation and the narrowing of the pharynx, thus resulting in habitual snoring [9]. In spite of some contradictory results on whether there is a significant association between exposure to SHS and an increased OR for SDB [37,38], a meta-analytic study reported a significant positive association between exposure to SHS and habitual snoring, with an increased OR for habitual snoring of 1.46 for household smoking, 1.45 for paternal smoking, 1.87 for maternal smoking, and 1.95 for prenatal tobacco smoking exposure [9]. The authors also reported a linear dose-response association between household smoke exposure and habitual snoring. Our results are thus in line with those of previous studies.

Finally, the results on the association between habitual snoring and K-ARS scores represent a major confirmation of the previous evidence on the association between SDB and ADHD. The K-ARS scores in the high-risk SDB group were significantly higher than those in the non-high-risk group. Moreover, higher snoring scores were significantly associated with higher K-ARS scores, which is consistent with the findings of previous studies. For instance, Youssef and colleagues [39] reported in a meta-analytic study a high incidence of 20% to 30% of OSA in patients with full syndromal ADHD as well as attentional deficits in 95% of patients with OSA. Most previous studies on the association between OSA and behavioral functions in children have reported that OSA is associated with internalizing and externalizing problems such as hyperactivity, attention deficits, aggressiveness, anxiety, and social and thought problems in children [40-44].

ADHD is a multi-factorial disease that is affected by various environmental factors, with an important contribution of genetic factors [45]. Our study indicates that smoking exposure, parental education level, age, and sex are also associated with K-ARS scores. Thus, we cannot conclude that SDB is the unique or main cause of ADHD symptom. Nevertheless, a number of previous studies have consistently reported that SDB affects the behavioral and cognitive functions of children negatively.

While SDB might not be the major cause of ADHD, some children with ADHD symptoms may be affected by SDB. Notably, although we cannot determine whether those who were reported to have habitual snoring had primary snoring or OSA, the frequency of snoring, rather than the apnea-hypopnea index, has been reported to predict cognitive and behavioral problems in young children [16]. Thus, when a child visits a hospital due to ADHD symptoms, screening for habitual snoring or breathing difficulties during sleep might help the clinician when determining an evaluation and treatment plan. Recommended guidelines for ADHD do indeed include an assessment of sleep apnea for the evaluation of children with ADHD [46].

Our study has some limitations that should be noted. First, the “high risk for SDB” and the “ADHD symptoms” should not be equated with SDB and ADHD, because our study represents a community-based survey and the participating children did not have a medical diagnosis of SDB and/or ADHD. In addition, all SDB symptoms and related factors were assessed by questionnaires answered by the children’s parents, and no objective measurement method was included in the study. This could lead to incorrect reports due to, for example, recall biases. The history of prenatal exposure to SHS could, for example, be incorrectly reported by the parents. Parent-reported weight and height in our study could also have been subject to bias, considering previous studies reporting misrepresen-tation of children’s weight by their parents [47]. While the parents’ ratings of their children’s ADHD symptoms might as well have been somewhat incorrect, it has been reported that parent ratings of ADHD symptoms overlap more consistently with the diagnosis by a clinician than do other psychological problems [48]. Notably, even though the SRBD scale is a valid tool to identify children at a high risk for OSA in epidemiologic studies [17,18], objective measurements such as polysomnography are needed for the exact evaluation and diagnosis of SDB in future studies. Finally, missing data on demographics and related factors may have potentially distorted our findings.

Despite some limitations, our study confirmed the risk factors of habitual snoring in a large sample of elementary school children. Moreover, we found a positive association between habitual snoring and ADHD symptoms. These findings provide important clinical information for the evaluation of children with SDB.

Acknowledgments

This study was financially supported by the Ministry of Environment, Republic of Korea. The funding source had no involvement in any of study design and collection, analysis and interpretation of data, and writing of the article.

Conflicts of Interest

No potential conflict of interest relevant to this article was reported.

Author Contributions

Conceptualization: Kyoung Min Kim, Jee Hyun Kim, Ki Chung Paik, Mina Ha, Ho-Jang Kwon, Myung Ho Lim. Data acquisition: Seung-Jin Yoo, Eunjung Kim, Mina Ha, Ho-Jang Kwon, Ki Chung Paik, Myung Ho Lim. Formal analysis: Kyoung Min Kim, Jee Hyun Kim, Seung-Jin Yoo, Hyunjoo Joo. Draft writing: Kyoung Min Kim, Dohyun Kim. Review and editting: Kyoung Min Kim, Jee Hyun Kim, Dohyun Kim, Ho-Jang Kwon.

Tables

Demographic characteristics of the participants

Variable Value
Total 13,042
Male 6,512 (49.9)
Age 9.07 ± 1.78
Paternal education (yr)
< 12 250 (1.9)
12 4,745 (36.4)
> 12 7,480 (57.4)
Unknown 567 (4.3)
Maternal education (yr)
< 12 235 (1.8)
12 6,718 (51.5)
> 12 5,469 (41.9)
Unknown 620 (4.8)
Overweight
No 11,570 (88.7)
Yes 1,472 (11.3)
Breast feeding
No 5,685 (43.6)
Yes 7,022 (53.8)
Unknown 335 (2.6)
Paternal smoking during pregnancy
No 4,454 (34.9)
Yes 7,105 (54.5)
Unknown 1,383 (10.6)
Maternal smoking during pregnancy
No 9,647 (74.0)
Yes 38 (0.3)
Unknown 3,357 (25.7)
Current exposure to secondhand smoking
No 8,109 (62.2)
Yes 4,546 (34.9)
Unknown 387 (3.0)

Values are presented as number (%) or mean ± standard deviation.

Responses to the habitual snoring questionnaire

Items for habitual snoring Yes No
Snore more than half the time? 750 (5.8) 11,292 (94.2)
Always snore? 757 (5.8) 12,285 (94.2)
Snore loudly? 665 (5.1) 12,377 (94.9)
Have “heavy” or loud breathing? 769 (5.9) 12,273 (94.1)
Snoring scorea
0 11,397 (87.4)
1 896 (6.9)
2 352 (2.7)
3 247 (1.9)
4 150 (1.2)
≥ 2 749 (5.7)

Values are presented as number (%).

aThe snoring score represents the sum of “yes” responses to each item of the habitual snoring questionnaire. Percentages in brackets indi-cate the proportion of respondents with this score.

Risk factors for high risk for sleep-disordered breathing (snoring score ≥ 2)

Variable High risk SDB Low risk SDB t or c2 p value
Age 9.08 ± 1.80 9.07 ± 1.77 0.200 0.842
Sex 24.693 < 0.001
Male 440 (6.8) 6,072 (93.2)
Female 309 (4.7) 6,221 (95.3)
Body mass index 18.78 ± 3.55 17.46 ± 2.81 9.057 < 0.001
Overweight 98.547 < 0.001
No 581 (5.0) 10,989 (95.0)
Yes 168 (11.4) 1,304 (88.6)
Birth weight 3.26 ± 0.44 3.26 ± 0.46 0.008 0.929
Breast feeding 0.159 0.923
No 328 (5.8) 5,357 (94.2)
Yes 396 (5.6) 6,626 (94.4)
Paternal smoking during pregnancy 7.089 0.008
No 232 (5.1) 4,322 (94.9)
Yes 446 (6.3) 6,659 (93.7)
Maternal smoking during pregnancy 1.787 0.181
No 535 (5.5) 9,112 (94.5)
Yes 4 (10.5) 34 (89.5)
Current exposure to secondhand smoking 29.879 < 0.001
No 396 (4.9) 7,713 (95.1)
Yes 329 (7.2) 4,217 (92.8)

Values are presented as mean ± standard deviation or number (%).

SDB, sleep-disordered breathing.

Age was compared with independent ttests, and chi-squared tests were used for other variables.

Odds ratio (OR) and 95% confidence interval (CI) for high risk for sleep-disordered breathing (snoring score ≥ 2)

Variable Model 1 Model 2


OR 95% CI p value OR 95% CI p value
Age 1.00 0.96−1.04 0.983 1.01 0.96−1.05 0.823
Sex
Female Referent Referent
Male 1.41 1.21−1.64 < 0.001 1.47 1.25−1.72 < 0.001
Overweight
No Referent Referent
Yes 2.30 1.91−2.76 < 0.001 2.20 1.81−2.67 < 0.001
Current exposure to secondhand smoking
No Referent Referent
Yes 1.48 1.27−1.73 < 0.001 1.38 1.17−1.63 < 0.001
Paternal smoking during pregnancy
No Referent
Yes 1.11 0.93−1.32 0.241

Logistic regression analysis was utilized to investigate the associations between a high risk for sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) and related factors by two models with the high risk for SDB (snoring score ≥ 2) as the binary dependent variable. Model 1 includes age, sex, overweight and current exposure to secondhand smoking as covariates (n = 12,655). Model 2 includes paternal smoking during pregnancy as covariates in addition to model 1 (n = 11,451).

ADHD symptom scores according to snoring scores

Scores on ADHD symptom Yes No t p value
K-ARS total score
Snore more than half the time? 10.85 ± 8.41 7.71 ± 6.75 9.997 < 0.001
Always snore? 10.63 ± 8.17 7.72 ± 6.78 9.547 < 0.001
Snore loudly? 10.53 ± 6.87 7.75 ± 6.81 8.916 < 0.001
Have “heavy” or loud breathing? 10.69 ± 7.68 7.72 ± 6.81 10.434 < 0.001
Snoring scoring ≥ 2
K-ARS total 11.04 ± 8.16 7.70 ± 6.77 10.926 < 0.001
K-ARS hyperactivity 4.40 ± 4.08 2.95 ± 3.25 9.539 < 0.001
K-ARS inattention 6.64 ± 4.67 4.75 ± 3.99 10.776 < 0.001
K-ARS high risk group 70.631 < 0.001
Yes 118 (11.6) 899 (88.4)
No 623 (5.2) 11,302 (94.8)

Values are presented as mean ± standard deviation or number (%).

The Korean version of the ADHD rating scale (K-ARS) scores and subscales are presented according to the responses to each item on the habitual snoring questionnaire. The snoring score represents the sum of “yes” responses to each item of the habitual snoring questionnaire.

ADHD, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

Independent ttests were utilized for the comparison between scores.

Generalized linear regression model for total K-ARS scores

Variable Model 1 Model 2


B (s.e.) 95% CI p value B (s.e.) 95% CI p value
Snoring score
0 Referent Referent
1 1.62 (0.24) 1.15 to 2.09 < 0.001 1.56 (0.25) 1.08 to 2.05 < 0.001
2 2.39 (0.38) 1.65 to 3.13 < 0.001 2.44 (0.39) 1.67 to 3.21 < 0.001
3 2.47 (0.45) 1.58 to 3.35 < 0.001 2.48 (0.47) 1.56 to 3.41 < 0.001
4 3.80 (0.57) 2.68 to 4.91 < 0.001 3.95 (0.59) 2.8 to 5.11 < 0.001
Age −0.12 (0.03) −0.18 to −0.05 0.001 −0.11 (0.04) −0.18 to −0.04 0.002
Sex
Male Referent Referent
Female −2.76 (0.12) −3 to −2.53 < 0.001 −2.78 (0.13) −3.02 to −2.53 < 0.001
Paternal education (yr)
< 12 Referent Referent
12 −2.82 (0.52) −3.83 to −1.8 < 0.001 −2.67 (0.54) −3.72 to −1.62 < 0.001
> 12 −3.5 (0.53) −4.53 to −2.47 < 0.001 −3.36 (0.55) −4.43 to −2.29 < 0.001
Maternal education (yr)
< 12 Referent Referent
12 −1.63 (0.52) −2.64 to −0.61 0.002 −1.43 (0.54) −2.49 to −0.38 0.008
> 12 −2.06 (0.53) −3.11 to −1.02 < 0.001 −1.88 (0.55) −2.96 to −0.79 0.001
Overweight
No Referent Referent
Yes −0.10 (0.19) −0.47 to 0.27 0.604 −0.17 (0.2) −0.56 to 0.22 0.385
Current exposure to secondhand smoking
No Referent Referent
Yes 1.51 (0.13) 1.26 to 1.77 < 0.001 1.39 (0.14) 1.12 to 1.66 < 0.001
Breast feeding
No Referent Referent
Yes −0.18 (0.12) −0.42 to 0.05 0.128 −0.17 (0.13) −0.42 to 0.07 0.169
Paternal smoking during pregnancy
No Referent
Yes 0.41 (0.13) 0.15 to 0.67 0.002

Generalized linear regression was utilized to analyze the association between the Korean version of the ADHD rating scale (K-ARS) total score and the related variables by two models. Model 1 includes snoring score, age, sex, parental educational level, overweight, current exposure to secondhand smoking, and breast feeding as covariates (n = 11,733). Model 2 includes paternal smoking during pregnancy as covariates in addition to model 1 (n = 10,739).

ADHD, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder; s.e., standard error.

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