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Dissertation (On-Campus Access Only)
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
Lisa Christiansen, PsyD
Shawn Davis, PhD
This study examined whether there is a correlation between symptoms of adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and television, Internet, and/or video game use. It was hypothesized that individuals who self-report more ADHD symptoms would indicate correspondingly higher rates of total screen time. 110 adult participants completed a questionnaire that focused on self-reported use of television, Internet, and video games. Participants also filled out the Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale (ASRS) in order to measure adult ADHD symptoms, and were categorized into ADHD YES and ADHD NO groups based on DSM-IV-TR criteria. Results showed that participants in the ADHD YES group spent significantly more time on the Internet during the weekend (t(99)=2.70, p<.05), and that ADHD symptoms had a significant positive correlation with time spent on the Internet, but again only during the weekend (r(100)=.22, p<.05). No other results were found to support the hypothesis. Based on the results of this study, it does not appear that there is a significant relationship between adult ADHD symptoms, and amount of time spent using television, Internet on the weekdays, video games, or total screen time.
Dowling, D. Luke (2012). The influence of screen time on adult symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (Doctoral dissertation, Pacific University). Retrieved from: