Occupational identity of adolescents with ADHD: A mixed methods study

Nirit Levanon-Erez*, Maayan Cohen, Ruthie Traub Bar-Ilan, Adina Maeir

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Abstract

Background: Occupational identity (OI) is shaped by occupational experiences over time and has been studied among individuals with a variety of health conditions. Adolescents with ADHD face numerous challenges in their occupational performance that may threaten their OI. Objective: This study sought to compare the occupational identities of adolescents with and without ADHD and to gain a deeper understanding of the characteristics of OI among adolescents with ADHD. Methods: Sixty-four adolescents with (n = 21) and without ADHD (n = 43) were interviewed using the Occupational Performance History Interview (OPHI-II). A mixed methodology was applied, using quantitative and subsequent qualitative content analyses of 10 interviews, with a directed approach. Results: OPHI-II OI interval scores and 7/11 items of the OI scale were significantly lower in the ADHD group compared to controls. In the qualitative content analyses, three major themes were found: (i) the meaning of success in academic participation, (ii) the consequences of not succeeding in academic participation and (iii) self-explanations for not succeeding in academic participation. Conclusion: Findings demonstrate the presence of OI challenges among adolescents with ADHD. Occupational therapy intervention may be needed in order to promote occupational adaptation.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)32-40
Number of pages9
JournalScandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2017

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Keywords

  • Content analysis
  • OPHI-II
  • model of human occupation

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