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Beyond Symptom Amelioration: Relationships Between Work Supports, Functional Impairments and Quality of Life in Swedish Adults with Self-Reported ADHD

Leinerud, Sara LU and Sandström Knight, Josef LU (2017) PSPR14 20171
Department of Psychology
Abstract
The current study aimed to survey a sample of Swedish adults with self-reported ADHD and to explore: 1) how level of education and employment status relate to the general population, 2) whether they had been offered supports from their workplace or place of education for their ADHD, 3) whether such supports were related to their self-reported QoL, job satisfaction, general mental health and work impairment. An additional aim was to investigate the relationships between the variables defined above. Participants were 230 adults (18-70 years) with self-reported ADHD, who answered a survey posted in ADHD-interest groups on Facebook. Data was collected through validated self-report measures, demographic questions and questions about received... (More)
The current study aimed to survey a sample of Swedish adults with self-reported ADHD and to explore: 1) how level of education and employment status relate to the general population, 2) whether they had been offered supports from their workplace or place of education for their ADHD, 3) whether such supports were related to their self-reported QoL, job satisfaction, general mental health and work impairment. An additional aim was to investigate the relationships between the variables defined above. Participants were 230 adults (18-70 years) with self-reported ADHD, who answered a survey posted in ADHD-interest groups on Facebook. Data was collected through validated self-report measures, demographic questions and questions about received work supports and their perceived helpfulness. The participants in the current study had worse general mental health and higher unemployment rates than the general Swedish population. A majority of participants reported having received work supports and those receiving support reported higher QoL and job satisfaction than those without. Self-report measures of outcome variables were all moderately to strongly correlated. Findings of this study suggest that work supports may be beneficial for the subjective wellbeing of adults with ADHD in work or studies. More research is needed to explore the potential efficacy of work supports. (Less)
Abstract (Swedish)
Denna studie syftade till att undersöka ett urval av svenska vuxna med självrapporterad ADHD på följande punkter: 1) utbildningsnivå och anställningsgrad i relation till svensk befolkning, 2) om de blivit erbjudna stöd på sin arbetsplats eller i sin studiesituation för sin ADHD, 3) om denna typ av stöd var relaterat till självrapporterad Quality of Life (QoL), nöjdhet med arbetsroll, allmän hälsa samt nedsättning i arbetsfunktion. Studien syftade också till att undersöka förhållanden mellan ovanstående variabler. Deltagarna var 230 vuxna (18 – 70 år) med självrapporterad ADHD, vilka svarade på en enkät som lades upp i intressegrupper för ADHD på Facebook. Data samlades in genom validerade mätinstrument, demografiska frågor samt frågor om... (More)
Denna studie syftade till att undersöka ett urval av svenska vuxna med självrapporterad ADHD på följande punkter: 1) utbildningsnivå och anställningsgrad i relation till svensk befolkning, 2) om de blivit erbjudna stöd på sin arbetsplats eller i sin studiesituation för sin ADHD, 3) om denna typ av stöd var relaterat till självrapporterad Quality of Life (QoL), nöjdhet med arbetsroll, allmän hälsa samt nedsättning i arbetsfunktion. Studien syftade också till att undersöka förhållanden mellan ovanstående variabler. Deltagarna var 230 vuxna (18 – 70 år) med självrapporterad ADHD, vilka svarade på en enkät som lades upp i intressegrupper för ADHD på Facebook. Data samlades in genom validerade mätinstrument, demografiska frågor samt frågor om mottagna typer av arbetsstöd samt hur hjälpsamma dessa upplevdes vara. Deltagarna i denna studie rapporterade sämre mental hälsa och högre arbetslöshet än svensk befolkning. Majoriteten av deltagarna angav att de mottagit stöd på arbetsplatser eller i studiesituationer för sin ADHD. De som mottagit stöd rapporterade högre upplevd QoL och nöjdhet med sin arbetsroll än de som inte mottagit någon form av sådant stöd. Självrapporteringsinstrumenten korrelerade medium till starkt med varandra. Enligt denna studie verkar stöd på arbetsplatser öka subjektivt välbefinnande för vuxna med ADHD. Mer forskning krävs för att undersöka hur verksamt arbetsplatsstöd är. (Less)
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Leinerud, Sara LU and Sandström Knight, Josef LU
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PSPR14 20171
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H3 - Professional qualifications (4 Years - )
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD, AAQoL, Quality of Life, work support, occupational function, mental health
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English
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8913190
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2017-06-09 16:21:43
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  abstract     = {The current study aimed to survey a sample of Swedish adults with self-reported ADHD and to explore: 1) how level of education and employment status relate to the general population, 2) whether they had been offered supports from their workplace or place of education for their ADHD, 3) whether such supports were related to their self-reported QoL, job satisfaction, general mental health and work impairment. An additional aim was to investigate the relationships between the variables defined above. Participants were 230 adults (18-70 years) with self-reported ADHD, who answered a survey posted in ADHD-interest groups on Facebook. Data was collected through validated self-report measures, demographic questions and questions about received work supports and their perceived helpfulness. The participants in the current study had worse general mental health and higher unemployment rates than the general Swedish population. A majority of participants reported having received work supports and those receiving support reported higher QoL and job satisfaction than those without. Self-report measures of outcome variables were all moderately to strongly correlated. Findings of this study suggest that work supports may be beneficial for the subjective wellbeing of adults with ADHD in work or studies. More research is needed to explore the potential efficacy of work supports.},
  author       = {Leinerud, Sara and Sandström Knight, Josef},
  keyword      = {Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder,ADHD,AAQoL,Quality of Life,work support,occupational function,mental health},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Beyond Symptom Amelioration: Relationships Between Work Supports, Functional Impairments and Quality of Life in Swedish Adults with Self-Reported ADHD},
  year         = {2017},
}