ADHD Characteristics as Predictors of Adult Attachment Types

Pope, Debbie and Edwards, Jenna (2012) ADHD Characteristics as Predictors of Adult Attachment Types. Raising Attainment in Education: The Role of Psychology (BPS Psychology of Education Section Annual Conference), 9th - 11th November, 2012, Milton Keynes, UK.

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Objective: This exploratory study examines relationships between adult attachment types (secure, fearful avoidant, anxious preoccupied and dismissive avoidant) and characteristics of ADHD (hyperactivity/impulsivity and inattention). Method: The prevalence of self-reported ADHD symptomology and adult attachment types were assessed in a total of 105 college students using the Conners ADHD Adult Rating Scale (CAARS; Conners, Erhardt, & Sparrow, 1999) and the Relationship Scales Questionnaire (RSQ; Griffin & Bartholomew, 1994) respectively. Results: Findings from this study indicate that, after controlling for gender, higher levels of inattention predict lower secure adult attachment ratings and higher fearful adult attachment ratings. However, hyperactivity/impulsivity scores are not a predictor of adult attachment types. Conclusion: This study suggests that students with higher inattention, rather than hyperactivity/impulsivity characteristics are more likely to develop insecure adult attachments. The consequences on retention at college are discussed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Psychology
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Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2012 12:25

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