Dependent Stress Mediates the Relation between ADHD Symptoms and Depression

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dc.contributor.advisor Snyder, Hannah Rychik, Natali 2019-05-29T13:56:30Z 2019-05-29T13:56:30Z 2019
dc.description.abstract Background: Previous literature has established that ADHD symptoms are associated with increased dependent stress, or stress that an individual has a part in causing for themselves. Additionally, there is a strong link between dependent stress and depression. However, no previous studies have tested a longitudinal model examining dependent stress as a mediator in the relation between ADHD and subsequent depression symptoms. Furthermore, no studies have examined whether inattentive or hyperactive/impulsive ADHD symptoms are more predictive of dependent stress and depression. Methods: We examined this model in a semester-long longitudinal study of 153 emerging adult college students. Demographic and clinical (ADHD symptoms, dependent stress frequency, depression symptoms) information were collected via self-reported rating scales. Results: As hypothesized, the association between total ADHD symptoms at baseline and later depression symptoms was accounted for by dependent stress. There was no significant difference between the effects of inattentive versus hyperactive/impulsive ADHD symptoms on subsequent dependent stress and depression. Conclusions: These findings suggest that increased generation of stressors is one mechanism that explains increases in depression for individuals with ADHD symptoms.
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dc.language English
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Brandeis University
dc.relation.ispartofseries Brandeis University Theses and Dissertations
dc.rights Copyright by Natali Rychik 2019.
dc.title Dependent Stress Mediates the Relation between ADHD Symptoms and Depression
dc.type Thesis
dc.contributor.department Department of Psychology BS Bachelors Psychology Brandeis University, School of Arts and Sciences

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