Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a highly studied condition that has garnered increasing attention across the past 30 years. Within the population of adults with ADHD, women with ADHD may be an underidentified, underserved, and understudied group. The term “Coping Strategies” is used to describe the various behaviors an individual might engage in to help deal with the hard and stressful parts of life. For those dealing with ADHD, coping strategies can be an important aspect of dealing with their symptoms. The current study surveyed a sample of college-age women, with the goal of learning how their placement on the attention spectrum might relate to their endorsement of certain coping strategies. Results are shown for the entire sample and for those who qualified for adult ADHD based on the scoring guidelines of the ASRS-v1.1. Results showed that the more ADHD symptoms participants endorsed, the more coping strategies they also reported trying. The top and bottom five coping strategies that were endorsed by participants in this study are described. The majority of participants reported that they discovered their coping strategies by themselves and through observing others. Research on the coping strategies that ADHD individuals find the most helpful could help make it easier for them to manage their symptoms.
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Phillips, Keri, "Coping Strategies in College-Aged Women across the Attention Spectrum" (2022). Honors Theses. 888.