Profiles of Diagnosed and Undiagnosed College Students Meeting ADHD Symptom Criteria.
J Atten Disord. 2019 Feb 11;:1087054718824991
Authors: Wood WLM, Lewandowski LJ, Lovett BJ
OBJECTIVE: This study compared the psychological profiles of college students who self-reported an ADHD diagnosis in contrast to students without a diagnosis who reported above-threshold ADHD symptoms.
METHOD: A large sample of college students yielded four subgroups: students with a self-reported diagnosis who met symptom criteria (Diagnosed, n = 40), students with a self-reported diagnosis who did not meet symptom criteria (Low Symptoms, n = 47), students who had no diagnosis and did not meet symptom criteria (Controls, n = 87), and students who had no diagnosis yet met symptom criteria (Undiagnosed, n = 38). All participants completed a battery of self-report rating scales assessing a variety of symptom and impairment domains.
RESULTS: The Diagnosed and Undiagnosed groups differed significantly from Controls on all domains, while the Low Symptom group did not differ significantly from Controls in any domain.
CONCLUSION: Implications for engaging with reported diagnosis of ADHD in the college population are discussed.
PMID: 30744469 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]