ERIC Number: EJ1052399
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Attention-Deficit/Hperactivity Disorder Symptom Levels and Romantic Relationship Quality in College Students
Bruner, Michael R.; Kuryluk, Amanda D.; Whitton, Sarah W.
Journal of American College Health, v63 n2 p98-108 2015
Objective: The purpose of this study was to examine whether attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptom levels in college undergraduates are associated with poorer romantic relationship quality, and to test whether emotion regulation difficulties, perceived stress, and hostile relationship conflict mediate this association. Participants: The sample consisted of 189 undergraduate students aged 18 to 25. Methods: Self-report measures of ADHD symptoms, relationship quality, and the proposed mediators were collected via online survey from May through August 2011. Results: Participants who reported clinically significant levels of both hyperactivity-impulsivity and inattentiveness (consistent with ADHD-C) had lower relationship quality than those whose self-reported symptoms indicated no ADHD diagnosis. Further, for women only, both hyperactive-impulsive and inattentive symptom levels were negatively associated with relationship quality. Emotion regulation problems and hostile relationship conflict mediated this association. Conclusion: Findings suggest that ADHD impairs relationship quality among young adults and suggest mechanisms through which this impairment might occur.
Descriptors: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Correlation, Self Control, Conflict, Interpersonal Relationship, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Online Surveys, Conceptual Tempo, Undergraduate Students, Intimacy, Stress Variables, Gender Differences, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Measures (Individuals)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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