Profiles of Diagnosed and Undiagnosed College Students Meeting ADHD Symptom Criteria

Whitney L.M. Wood, Lawrence J. Lewandowski, Benjamin J. Lovett

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Attention Disorders
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

Keywords

  • ADHD impairment
  • adult ADHD
  • misdiagnosis
  • undergraduate college students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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