The Relationship between Attachment and Executive Functioning in Adult ADHD

Leia Ting, Fordham University


This study was a response to the growing base of literature that has called for the need to study the developmental and contextual variables of ADHD and its neurocognitive outcomes into adulthood. The purpose of the current investigation was to examine the relationships among attachment, executive functioning (EF; inhibition, planning, working memory, emotional control) between ADHD and non-ADHD groups. Altogether, the findings indicated that adults with ADHD reported significantly more inhibition, emotion regulation, working memory, and planning problems than individuals without ADHD. Adults with ADHD also endorsed significantly more problems with attachment anxiety and attachment avoidance than the non-ADHD group. The third major finding was that while the relationship between attachment and EF was statistically significant across both ADHD and non-ADHD groups, there was no significant difference in this relationship between groups. The theoretical and clinical implications of these findings are discussed.

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Recommended Citation

Ting, Leia, "The Relationship between Attachment and Executive Functioning in Adult ADHD" (2020). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI27738321.