The frequency of childhood maltreatment experiences in a national Canadian sample of adult women reporting a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Canning, Chelsea (2022) The frequency of childhood maltreatment experiences in a national Canadian sample of adult women reporting a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

This study examined the reported frequency of childhood maltreatment (sexual and physical abuse) in adult women reporting a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Using data from the Canadian Community Health Survey – Mental Health (CCHS-MH) (2012), a sample of 402 women who reported being diagnosed with ADHD by a health professional was compared to a sample of age-matched women not reporting a diagnosis of ADHD on the frequency that they experienced different forms of physical and sexual abuse. Group comparisons were conducted using Pearson’s chi-square and effect sizes were assessed with Cramer’s V. The results of the study showed that women reporting a diagnosis of ADHD reported experiencing all forms of childhood maltreatment significantly more frequently than women not reporting a diagnosis of ADHD. The implications of these findings along with directions for future research are discussed.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/15548
Item ID: 15548
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 31-44).
Keywords: ADHD, sexual abuse, physical abuse, self-report
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: May 2022
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder--Canada; Child sexual abuse--Canada; Self-evaluation--Canada; Canadian Community Health Survey (Canada).

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