Dr. Barbara Mather Presented "Making Organizations Meaningful to Young Adults with ADHD" at a Management Conference in Canada

Dr. Barbara Mather Presented "Making Organizations Meaningful to Young Adults with ADHD" at a Management Conference in Canada

On May 20, 2016, Barbara A. Mather, Ph.D., MA, MBA, Associate Faculty for the University of Phoenix, presented her qualitative research study at the International Academy of Management and Business (IAMB), an international academic conference at the University of Quebec, Montreal, Canada. Dr. Mather’s research presentation was titled: Making Organizations Meaningful to Young Adults with ADHD, Qualitative Exploratory Research Design.

The qualitative research study results of these 13 young adults with ADHD across the USA demonstrate four broad categories of workplace issues for which young adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may find challenging. Additionally, unintended findings were discovered after the initial research question was answered, and further analyses were conducted.  These additional findings reflected the importance of self-awareness in young adults with ADHD, in that those with high self-awareness were better prepared and able to mitigate personal challenging issues in the workplace. Those individuals with the highest ratings of self-awareness are the beneficiaries of behavioral therapy or personal counseling participation as either young children or continuation of some form into adulthood.  Of significance is that, against the hundreds of thousands of ADHD research studies conducted to-date, this self-awareness concept has not previously been researched, studied or reported.

The primary driver of this project and its intended impact was to inform attendees of this academic and business academy on the broad diversity issue of ADHD in young adults across USA workplaces of today. This study also is applicable to global audiences. Many young adults diagnosed with ADHD as children are bright, capable, and are able to contribute fully in meaningful ways within the workplace today. Additionally, unless one has a close family member diagnosed with ADHD, or has ADHD him/herself, there is a tremendous void or lack of understanding of what ADHD “looks like” in the workplace. From informal discussions and questions to managers in the workplace today, the misunderstandings and stereotypical beliefs about young adults with ADHD are unfortunate and reflect the need for relevant, factual, timely training and education to a broad spectrum of society. This presentation reflects important focus on the workplace to ensure the organizations are providing meaningful work experiences to, not only young adults with ADHD, but to all adults with ADHD.

NOTE: Dr. Mather is a recipient of the OSS Honorarium, Faculty Scholarship Award for this presentation of her research. Dr. Mather has recently been informed that this research study has been accepted for publication


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