Semester of Graduation

Spring 2018

Degree

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Psychology

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common disorder in youth. The presence of comorbid internalizing and externalizing symptoms is a frequent occurrence in ADHD youth; comorbid symptoms are associated with poor adjustment into adolescence and negative trajectories into adulthood. There are many contributing factors in the development of comorbid symptoms (e.g., parental distress and family environment). Thus, it is important to understand the relationship between contributing factors and the ways in which family consistency helps to manage problem behaviors in adolescents with ADHD. One way to increase consistency is through the use of routines and positive communication. The present study examined whether the association between maternal distress and adolescent internalizing and externalizing symptoms was predicted by the presence of routines, and whether mother-adolescent conflict functioned as a predictor among associations as well. The sample consisted of 83 mother-adolescent dyads ranging from ages 11- to 17-years in a clinical sample of ADHD adolescents.

Date

4-3-2018

Committee Chair

Kelley, Mary Lou

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