Perceived Stress and ADHD Symptoms in Adults

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Joshua Broman-Fulks Ph.D, Professor (Creator)
Will Canu Ph.D, Professor (Creator)
Martha Anne Combs (Creator)
Dr.. David Nieman, Director (Creator)
Courtney Rocheleau Ph.D., Assistant Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Given that ADHD has been linked to dysfunction across development and in many life domains, it is likely that individuals experiencing these symptoms are at increased risk for experiencing stress. The current study examines the association between ADHD and other psychiatric symptoms and perceived stress in a community sample of adults. Perceived stress data collected from 983 participants (M age = 45.6 years) were analyzed primarily via hierarchical multiple regression using ADHD symptom clusters, demographic variables, and anxiety and depression scale variables as predictors. ADHD symptoms positively associated with perceived stress. Inattention and sluggish cognitive tempo (SCT), as opposed to hyperactivity-impulsivity and newly proposed executive dysfunction symptoms, were the most consistent predictors. These findings reinforce that the experience of ADHD symptoms in adulthood is associated with stress and suggest that SCT could play an important role in assessing risk for negative adult outcomes.

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Courtney A. Rocheleau, Martha A. Combs, Will H. Canu, Joshua J. Broman-Fulks and David C. Nieman (2015) "Perceived Stress and ADHD Symptoms in Adults" Journal of Attention Disorders volume 19(5) pp. 425-434 [DOI: 10.1177/1087054712459558] Version of Record Available from (
Language: English
Date: 2015
stress, ADHD, adults, sluggish cognitive tempo

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