2020 INSPIRE Student Research & Engagement Showcase

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation (UNI Access Only)

Abstract

The goal of this study was to understand the effect that sleep has on students that struggle with ADHD and their impairments at school. This study followed 3877 college students that attended college through either the University of Northern Iowa, University of Colorado, University of Wyoming, or Appalachian state University. Students were asked to rate their sleep based on questions in the Pittsburg Sleep Quality Index (PSQI). Participants were also asked questions that pertained to symptoms of each form of ADHD. Types of ADHD include inattentive symptoms, which means the person must have six of nine symptoms that mainly pertain to how well the person maintains focus through the day. ADHD hyperactive and impulsivity symptoms refer to six of nine symptoms which often reflect the person’s ability to maintain control during the day. Often, people with ADHD that are hyperactive or impulsive will fidget or interrupt. The third form of ADHD refers to combined symptoms, where people generally have symptoms that pertain to the other two forms of ADHD (Reynolds & Kamphaus, 2013). Participants then answered questions based on the Weiss Functional Impairment Rating scale (WFIRS). The questions pertained to the students’ academic functioning. The results of this study indicate that sleep quality does have a mediating role on students with ADHD and their ability to function during their day at school.

Start Date

17-4-2020 12:00 PM

End Date

17-4-2020 4:00 PM

Faculty Advisor

Elizabeth Lefler

Faculty Advisor

Dilbur Arsiwalla

Department

Department of Psychology

Student Type

Undergraduate Student

File Format

application/pdf

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The Mediating Role of Sleep in the Associations between ADHD and Academic Impairment on Students

The goal of this study was to understand the effect that sleep has on students that struggle with ADHD and their impairments at school. This study followed 3877 college students that attended college through either the University of Northern Iowa, University of Colorado, University of Wyoming, or Appalachian state University. Students were asked to rate their sleep based on questions in the Pittsburg Sleep Quality Index (PSQI). Participants were also asked questions that pertained to symptoms of each form of ADHD. Types of ADHD include inattentive symptoms, which means the person must have six of nine symptoms that mainly pertain to how well the person maintains focus through the day. ADHD hyperactive and impulsivity symptoms refer to six of nine symptoms which often reflect the person’s ability to maintain control during the day. Often, people with ADHD that are hyperactive or impulsive will fidget or interrupt. The third form of ADHD refers to combined symptoms, where people generally have symptoms that pertain to the other two forms of ADHD (Reynolds & Kamphaus, 2013). Participants then answered questions based on the Weiss Functional Impairment Rating scale (WFIRS). The questions pertained to the students’ academic functioning. The results of this study indicate that sleep quality does have a mediating role on students with ADHD and their ability to function during their day at school.