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Research study

Do you have ADHD or teach children with the condition?

Researchers are looking to speak to young women and secondary level teachers about the disorder.

A STUDY TO examine the impact of ADHD in young women in Ireland is being carried out by researchers from NUI Galway.

The study aims to examine the impact the condition has on their educational and social experiences.

Women aged between 14-20 with a formal diagnosis are being asked to take part.

Participants will be asked to provide their opinions and insights regarding how ADHD affects their daily lives, academic performance and achievement, and their relationships with others.

They will be asked to complete one personal interview and one online questionnaire.

It’s open to participants living anywhere in the Republic of Ireland – as a researcher will travel to a location of their choosing.

Opinions Heard

So far, very few studies of ADHD have taken place in Ireland, and fewer yet have considered the impact that ADHD has on the lives of young women.

The conditional has traditionally been studied in young men and so the findings contain a strongly male bias and largely ignore the specific needs and challenges of young women.

Primary researcher of this project, Andrea Lynch said: “We do a lot of talking ‘about’ people with ADHD, and yet, very little communication takes place with people affected by ADHD.

This study represents an important chance for young women living with the condition to have their voices and opinions heard, and to help others understand what it is truly like to live as a young woman with ADHD in the Irish context.

Second-level Teachers

The researchers of this study also want to speak with second-level teachers who have some experience supporting students with ADHD in the classroom.

Teachers are asked to reflect critically on their own educational preparation for working with students with ADHD, as well as their own praxis, and ways in which classroom inclusion for second-level students with ADHD could be increased.

They are asked to complete one online questionnaire and to consider completing a personal interview which can be held at a time and place of their choosing. Lynch said:

“This study is an opportunity for teachers to express their opinions regarding the particular needs of second-level educators in supporting students with ADHD and ways in which educational provision for students with this condition could be improved for this population.”

Those interested in participating in this study should contact researcher, Andrea Lynch, at or on 087 1129868.

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