College Readiness: Differences Between Students With And Without ADHD

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Loren M. Ranson (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Will Canu

Abstract: Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is characterized by inattentive, hyperactive, and impulsive behaviors. Impairment for individuals diagnosed with ADHD tends to begin at a young age, affecting many domains in life. One such domain is achieving a college education. College students with ADHD tend to have lower GPAs, take longer to graduate, and have higher dropout rates than individuals not diagnosed with ADHD. Individuals with ADHD may be inadequately prepared for college. College readiness is proposed to comprise of self-determination, academic, and daily living skills, all of which are possible areas of deficit for individuals with ADHD. The current study examined differences in college readiness in undergraduates with and without ADHD. In general, students with ADHD were found to be less prepared for college than those without ADHD; specific areas of unpreparedness were explored. This finding supports the need for early intervention for students with ADHD. Further research is needed on possible interventions to help individuals with ADHD be successful in all domains.

Additional Information

Ranson, L. (2017). "College Readiness: Differences Between Students With And Without ADHD." Unpublished Master’s Thesis. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
Language: English
Date: 2017
ADHD, College readiness, Academics, Daily living skills, Self-determination

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