Committed Romantic Relationships in Couples with ADHD: Subtypes, Conflict Resolution and Satisfaction

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Lindsey S. Tabor (Creator)
Institution
Appalachian State University (ASU )
Web Site: http://www.library.appstate.edu/
Advisor
Will Canu

Abstract: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has been associated with less satisfaction and success in romantic relationships (Canu, Schatz, & Haslag, 2007). This study compares relational patterns in young adult, romantic couples and individuals with ADHD-Combined Type (C-couples/C-probands), ADHD-Inattentive Type (IA-couples/IA-probands), and non-diagnosed couples. Self-reports of current and childhood ADHD symptoms facilitated group assignment; relationship satisfaction, dyadic interaction behaviors, and conflict resolution styles were the primary dependent variables. Statistical analyses revealed greater negativity and dissatisfaction in C-couples relative to IA-, and non-diagnosed couples. IA-couples showed relational adjustment similar to non-diagnosed couples. C-probands generally used aggressive conflict tactics, whereas IA-probands sparsely endorsed any particular conflict style. The results support the overall relational impairment of C-couples and are discussed in regards to interpersonal success.

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Publication
Thesis
Tabor, L.S. (2010). Committed Romantic Relationships in Couples with ADHD: Subtypes, Conflict Resolution and Satisfaction. Unpublished master’s thesis. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
Language: English
Date: 2010
Keywords
Adult Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Romantic Relationships, Relationship Satisfaction, ADHD Subtypes, Rapid Couple’s Interaction Scoring System (RCISS)