Category: ADHD - Child

Symposium

Symposium 13 - Adolescents and Young Adults With ADHD: Challenges and Transitions

Friday, November 17
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Location: Indigo Ballroom E, Level 2, Indigo Level

Keywords: ADHD - Child / Adolescent | Adolescents
Presentation Type: Symposium

The literature focusing on children with ADHD in expansive but the the literature related to adolescents and young adults with ADHD is far more limited. This time period is a critical area to explore because adolescents and young adults with ADHD are particularly ill-equipped to face the demands for increasing independence that accompany this time period. These challenges come from school, the workplace, and within their families. Given this discrepancy, it is not surprising that compared to their peers, adolescents with ADHD are more likely to fail classes (Kent et al., 2010) and adults with ADHD are more likely to be unemployed (Kessler et al., 2007). This symposium will describe the functioning of adolescents and young adults as it relates to various contexts and times of transition.


Adolescence and young adulthood are generally a time of more frequent and more drastic transition compared to other stages of life, such as the transition to elementary to middle school and high school to college or first full-time job. These transitions seem to have a greater impact on functioning for students with ADHD than those without (Langberg et al., 2008). Additionally, adolescence and young adulthood is a time of great transition for family relationships. It is a time of greater conflict between parents and their children (Steinberg, 2001) and parents of teens struggling academically may find that it more stressful to help their students than it was in elementary school because students often have more teachers and more challenging assignments (Evans et al. 2005; Weiner et al., 2015). Perhaps the most difficult transition is after high school when one transitions to adulthood. Though young adults with ADHD who are in college struggle more than students without ADHD (Advokat et al., 2010), little is know about how young adults with ADHD are performing in the workplace.


To explore the how parents of adolescents with ADHD are coping with challenging teens, this symposium will include a presentation by Kari Benson on the relationship between child academic outcomes and parent stress and a presentation by Raisa Ray on predictors of parent participation in parent training groups for parents of high school students with ADHD. Margaret Sibley will present results from the first treatment program to specifically target adolescents with ADHD during the summers prior to transitioning to middle school and high school (rising 6th and 9th graders), providing them with the skills necessary to succeed at the next level. Finally, Gregory Fabiano will present findings related to the next difficult transition: finding and keeping a job. He will discuss areas of job performance in which young adults with ADHD differ from their peers, including productivity and interview behavior, based on results using a laboratory simulation of a work place.

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Kari Benson

Ohio University

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Steven W. Evans

Ohio University

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    Kari Benson

    Ohio University

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    A. Raisa Ray

    Ohio University

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    Margaret Sibley

    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health
    Florida International University

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    Gregory A. Fabiano

    Professor and Dean for InterInterdisciplinary Research
    University of Buffalo

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