ADHD Characteristics as Predictors of Adult Attachment Types

Debbie Pope, Jenna Edwards

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 11 Nov 2012
EventBritish Psychological Society (BPS) Education Section Conference - Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Nov 201211 Nov 2012


ConferenceBritish Psychological Society (BPS) Education Section Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityMilton Keynes


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