Jack Sweeney | 2024 I.S. Symposium

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Name: Jack Sweeney
Title: The Association Between Adult ADHD Symptoms and Insecure Attachment Representations
Major: Psychology
Minor: Philosophy
Advisors: Michael Casey; Bryan Karazsia

Research has shown that strained parent-child interactions and relationships can influence the expression of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms, suggesting that attachment dynamics may play a role in the development of ADHD. This study investigated the potential relationship between adult ADHD symptoms and insecure attachment representations as well as the distribution of attachment styles in adults with ADHD. Three hundred and ten participants with and without an ADHD diagnosis completed questionnaires regarding their ADHD symptoms and attachment representations. As predicted, ADHD symptoms were positively associated with insecure attachment representations and adults with ADHD had significantly higher rates of insecure attachment styles than observed in the general population.

Posted in Symposium 2024 on April 24, 2024.