Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

College students with AD/HD: Risk for alcohol-related consequences and impairment
by Benson, Jessica W., Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2013, 106; 3609542
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to determine whether alcohol misuse is more likely among college students with AD/HD as compared with their non-AD/HD college peers. Forty-two students with well-defined AD/HD were recruited from an AD/HD Clinic and compared on a variety of alcohol use and misuse indices to a demographically-equivalent group of 42 college students without AD/HD. Groups were found to have equivalent rates of alcohol use, as predicted.

In terms of potential for alcohol misuse, college students with AD/HD had lower perceived risk about alcohol use than non-AD/HD college peers, as predicted. However, they were also found to have lower positive expectancies about alcohol use, which was opposite the direction predicted. Post hoc analyses revealed that non-medicated students with AD/HD had lower perceived risk and lower positive expectancies about alcohol use than medicated students with AD/HD and non-AD/HD college students. Such findings put non-medicated students with AD/HD at differential risk for alcohol misuse in college. Implications for future research and clinical implications are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Anastopoulos, Arthur D.
Commitee: Lewis, Todd, Nelson-Gray, Rosemery, Shanahan, Lilly
School: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Department: College of Arts & Sciences: Psychology
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: DAI-B 75/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Clinical psychology
Keywords: Alcohol, Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, College students
Publication Number: 3609542
ISBN: 978-1-303-68479-1
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