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.
|Publication status||Published - 11 Nov 2012|
|Event||British Psychological Society (BPS) Education Section Conference - Milton Keynes, United Kingdom|
Duration: 9 Nov 2012 → 11 Nov 2012
|Conference||British Psychological Society (BPS) Education Section Conference|
|Period||9/11/12 → 11/11/12|