Impact of COVID-19 in adolescents with and without ADHD
- Rosanna Breaux
Assistant Professor of Psychology, College of Science
- Stephen Becker
Associate Professor of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology,
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
- Joshua Langberg
Professor of Psychology
Virginia Commonwealth University
- Melissa Dvorsky
Postdoctoral scholar, School of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
- Emma Scibberras
Associate Professor, School of Psychology
At best, the COVID-19 crisis is confusing, disruptive, and inconvenient. For many the situation poses not only the physical risk of the COVID-19 virus itself, but also the mental health, social, behavioral, and economic risks that accompany the crisis and its associated consequences. The experience and its consequences are likely to be particularly magnified and salient in youth with pre-existing mental health and neurodevelopmental risk, such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
The primary goal of the proposed study is to leverage an already-recruited longitudinal sample of 260 adolescents with and without ADHD who reside in Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky to examine COVID-19-related adjustment. Specifically, this study seeks to identify predictors of COVID-19-related coping and resilience among adolescents and their families, examine the immediate and short-term impact of the COVID-19 crisis for adolescent adjustment; and explore whether adjustment, coping, and predictors differ for adolescents with and without ADHD.