Year of Publication

2015

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation

College

Education

Department

Early Childhood, Special Education, and Rehabilitation Counseling

First Advisor

Dr. Sonja Feist-Price

Abstract

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has been the subject of much research and controversy. Although ADHD was once believed to affect only children, recent research indicates that the symptoms of ADHD persist past childhood and adolescence, well into college age and adulthood. ADHD negatively impacts several life domains, such as perceived general health, college education, employment, social life, and psychological health. For some, this negative impact results in lowering the level of quality of life (QOL) or life-satisfaction. The purpose of this study is to describe the experiences that influence the level of QOL among different presentations of adults with ADHD. Information was gathered by using a survey and qualitative interviews with different presentations of adults with ADHD to collect and analyze their perceptions (thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and opinions) about the impact of this condition on their QOL level and different life domains.

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