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Date of Award

Summer 2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Educational Specialist (EdS)

Department

Department of Graduate Psychology

Advisor(s)

Ashton Trice

Deborah Kipps-Vaughn

Timothy Shulte

Abstract

In recent years, there has been an increase in students with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) enrolled four-year institutions in the United States. Current but inconclusive estimates state that between 2% and 8% of college students report clinically significant levels of ADHD (DuPaul Weyandt, O'Dell, & Varejao, 2009). The nature of the disorder and demands of higher education put these students at risk for several academic and mental health issues while in college. The purpose of the current research was to obtain information from current college students with ADHD about their college transition and adjustment experiences and use their perspectives in developing transition plans for future college student with ADHD. Study participants were primarily sophomore or second-semester freshman students at James Madison University and consisted of 12 females and 6 males. Participants participated in individual interviews and completed a demographic questionnaire. Overall, independence was a fundamental theme in participant responses and none of the respondents aware of a school psychologist presence in their high school. Further results and implications for school psychology are discussed.

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