Presenter: Mohammed Tourchian, Poster Presentation
Research Title: Motivational Intervention for Children with ADHD
Faculty Advisor: Susanne Jaeggi
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a developmental disorder characterized by inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior. Children who demonstrate these symptoms of ADHD tend to demonstrate what is known as a “fixed mindset.” Typically, children who believe that their cognitive abilities are fixed typically have lower self-efficacy, avoid challenging cognitive tasks, are less persistent when tasks become difficult, and endorse performance rather than mastery goal orientations. While certain pharmacological and behavioral interventions exist, this intervention specifically targets the motivational issues associated with ADHD— mindset, self-efficacy, and persistence—which may lead to increased motivation and academic success. The intervention is carried out over a span of six sessions, where the participating children are randomly assigned to either the motivational intervention (experimental) or the study skills intervention (control). Results are quantified by means of a pre-test and post-test, in which participants complete surveys and tests of persistence. Preliminary data analysis of our survey data suggests that while children in the experimental group are not more likely to improve on self-reported consistency of effort, they are more likely to improve on self- reported perseverance of effort as compared to their peers in the control group.