Young Adults’ Experience of ADHD and Parenting: A Qualitative Analysis of Adult ADHD in the Home


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End Date May 31, 2023

Primary Contact Hailey Alvey


Phone 602-625-1134

Study Details

The purpose of this study is to examine how emerging adults perceive their experience of growing up in a household with a parent who had ADHD. The presence of ADHD in adults is an emerging topic, with the key missing component of how children perceive their experience of living in a home that was impacted by the symptoms, diagnosis, and presentation of the disorder. From this, the use of a qualitative methods approach will be utilized to gain a better understanding of how ADHD is present in parents and how a grown child remembers the experience from when they were younger.

The chosen population for this research project will consist of adults ages 18 to 25 who grew up with at least one parent diagnosed with ADHD. Participants will complete a short demographics survey, as well as items from the Confusion, Hubbub, and Order Scale (CHAOS; Matheny et al., 1995) to obtain a descriptive baseline of home chaos experienced by participants. Following this, participants will complete a one-on-one video- and audio-recorded semi-structured interview about the experience growing up with an ADHD parent via Zoom, lasting between 60 and 120 minutes. Participants will be compensated with a $25 Amazon e-gift card.