Date Approved

5-27-2016

Embargo Period

6-2-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. School Psychology

Department

Psychology

College

College of Science & Mathematics

First Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Second Advisor

Allen, Terri

Subject(s)

Attention-deficit disorder in adults; College attendance

Disciplines

Disability and Equity in Education | Higher Education

Abstract

The purpose of this thesis study was to see if there was a connection between Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and going on to attend college. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a disorder commonly diagnosed in children during the developmental years that impedes on their abilities to pay attention and stay still, which could be detrimental in a school setting. Previous research shows that students with ADHD are not going on to attend college and to receive a higher level of education. Adults with ADHD tend to present their symptoms differently than they did when they were children. This thesis study surveyed adults between the ages of 18 and 28, both with and without a diagnosis of ADHD in order to find out if there is a connection. Adults between the ages of 18 and 28 would be part of the generation that was during the time period when ADHD was being diagnosed at a high rate. One-hundred participants participated in this study, having an almost equal number of participates having a diagnosis of ADHD and the other half not having a diagnosis of ADHD. If there is a connection, then there could be ways that schools could prepare their students for the transition to college by implementing treatments to help them better transition.

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