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Psychoeducational Groups for College Students With ADHD: A Pilot Study
Deborah J. Ebener and Susan M. Smedema
The present investigation is a pilot study that examines the efficacy of a group intervention aimed at helping college students with ADHD better adjust to and cope with the demands of college and prepare for future employment. An 8-week psychoeducational group counseling intervention based on cognitive behavioral and psychosocial theoretical orientation was developed. Forty college students with ADHD participated in the study. A pre-test/post-test design was used to examine changes in participants’ reported quality of life, acceptance of disability, college self-efficacy, symptom distress, and grade point average. Preliminary results indicate significant increases in quality of life and college self-efficacy, and a significant decrease in symptom distress. Implications for counseling college students with disabilities and future research are discussed.
Keywords: ADHD, college students, quality of life, disability