Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Impact of Derived Self-Evaluations of Causal Efficacy Upon the Behaviors of Inattention and Impulsivity
by Ramos, Benjamin M., M.S., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2016, 160; 10163308
Abstract (Summary)

Individuals that struggle with inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity experience difficulties in several life domains including struggles in academia (Biederman, Monuteaux et al., 2004), interpersonal relationships (e.g., Friedman et al., 2003), marital satisfaction (e.g., Eakin et al., 2004), and occupational performance (e.g., Barkley et al., 2008). In spite of a history of academic and social failures, many individuals with ADHD maintain a self-protective bias in which they maintain high self-evaluations of causal efficacy (Owens et al., 2007). This may contribute to greater levels of inattention, impulsivity, and resulting dysfunction, as self-evaluation is rule-governed rather than a result of self-awareness and discrimination. This study aimed to examine how derived causal efficacy might impact inattention and impulsivity. Participants completed a series of Go/NoGo tasks with and without contextual cues that had derived causal efficacy functions through their relations with discriminative stimuli for high or low rates of responding. The impact of derived causal efficacy was then examined in terms of errors of omission (inattention) and errors of commission (impulsivity). Implications for behavioral interventions for ADHD were discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sandoz, Emily K.
Commitee: Cech, Claude G., Perkins, David R.
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: MAI 56/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Behavioral Sciences
Keywords: ADHD, Causal efficacy, Impulsivity, Inattention, Relational frame theory, Single subject design
Publication Number: 10163308
ISBN: 9781369180008
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