Pilot Study of the Cognitive–Functional Intervention for Adults (Cog-Fun A): A Metacognitive–Functional Tool for Adults With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Libby Kastner, Yifat Velder-Shukrun, Omer Bonne, Ruthi Traub Bar-Ilan, Adina Maeir

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

6 Scopus citations

Abstract

Importance: Adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often experience chronic challenges in their life roles. There is a need for evidence-based occupational therapy interventions to help enhance their functioning. Objective: To determine the preliminary effectiveness of the Cognitive–Functional Intervention for Adults (Cog–Fun A), a metacognitive–functional occupational therapy tool for the improvement of occupational performance (OP) and quality of life (QoL) in adults with ADHD. Design: One-group pretest–posttest design with a 3-mo follow-up. Setting: Community setting in Jerusalem, Israel. Participants: Fourteen adults, ages 18–60 yr, with a valid diagnosis of ADHD and an indication of executive function (EF) impairment. Intervention: Participants received 15 1-hr weekly sessions that addressed self-awareness of strengths and challenges through education and guided discovery as well as strategy acquisition and implementation within a context of occupational goal attainment. Outcomes and Measures: The Behavioral Rating Inventory of Executive Function–Adult version, an adult ADHD QoL measure, the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure, and the Self-Regulation Skills Interview were administered. Results: Twelve participants completed the intervention. Posttreatment scores revealed statistically significant improvements in EF, awareness, OP, and QoL. Gains in QoL showed a modest reduction at the 3-mo follow-up. Conclusions and Relevance: The Cog–Fun A is a promising intervention for improving OP and QoL among adults with ADHD and should be investigated further.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number7602205070
JournalAmerican Journal of Occupational Therapy
Volume76
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2022

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. All rights reserved.

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Pilot Study of the Cognitive–Functional Intervention for Adults (Cog-Fun A): A Metacognitive–Functional Tool for Adults With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this