Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Experience of NCAA Division-1 Athletes Diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Subsequently Prescribed a Stimulant Medication
by Cushing, Alexander D., Psy.D., John F. Kennedy University, 2019, 67; 22620853
Abstract (Summary)

Interest in examining the experience of student-athletes has recently increased (Gayles, 2009). Many studies have explored ADHD stimulant medication’s impact on performance, performance enhancement, drug use, learning disorders, etc. However, there is not substantial research in support of the Division-1 NCAA athlete experience and ADHD. The purpose of this study was to examine the psychological impact of the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD among NCAA division-1 athletes. A sample of 8 current and former student-athletes (aged 20–32) of various sports were interviewed using qualitative methodology and content analysis. This involved a semi-structured interview, coding, and identifying themes consistent across the participants’ experiences. The findings of this study highlights the challenges associated with the pressure of excelling in both sport and academics, as well as increasing knowledge of the coping mechanisms associated with such a diagnosis. These findings can be interpreted as a starting point toward increasing knowledge of the phenomenon and direction for future research.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Van Oot, Peter
Commitee: McLean, Alvin
School: John F. Kennedy University
Department: College of Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 81/6(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Medicine, Disability studies, Educational psychology
Keywords: Content analysis, NCAA, Qualitative research, Stimulants, Student-athletes
Publication Number: 22620853
ISBN: 9781392533659
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