Thursday 27 November 2014

Women with ADHD wanted for study

Published 04/08/2014 | 00:00

The ADHD study is being undertaken by NUI Galway.
The ADHD study is being undertaken by NUI Galway.

Young women, aged 14-20, with a formal diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are being invited to take part in a study to examine the impact the condition has on their lives.

NUI Galway's School of Education said participants will be asked to provide their opinions and insights on how ADHD affects their daily lives, academic performance and achievement, and their relationships with others.

They will be asked to complete one personal interview and one online questionnaire. Participants will not need to travel to NUI Galway, as a researcher will travel to them.

Researcher, Andrea Lynch, said: "This project represents an important advancement in ADHD research because very few studies of ADHD have taken place in Ireland.Fewer yet have considered the impact that ADHD has on the lives of young women. We do a lot of talking 'about' people with ADHD, and yet, very little communication takes place with people affected by ADHD.

"This study represents an important chance for young women living with the condition to have their voices and opinions heard, and to help others understand what it is truly like to live as a young woman with ADHD in the Irish context."

The study is also seeking the insights of second-level teachers who have some experience supporting students with ADHD in the classroom.

The research represents a chance for teachers to reflect critically on their own educational preparation for working with students with ADHD, as well as their own praxis, and ways in which classroom inclusion for second-level students with ADHD could be increased.

Teachers are asked to complete one online questionnaire and to consider completing a personal interview, which can be held at a time and location of their choosing.

"This study also represents a chance for teachers to reflect upon their experiences of teaching students with ADHD, and is an opportunity for them to express their opinions regarding the particular needs of second-level educators in supporting students with ADHD, and ways in which educational provision for students with this condition could be improved for this population."

It is estimated that between 6,000 to 31,000 people, between 15 and 24 years of age, are affected by ADHD.

People who are interested in taking part in the study can contact Andrea Lynch at a.lynch19@nuigalway.ie or ring 087 1129868.

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