Degree Name

BS

Department

Neuroscience

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Publication Date

2018-05-31

First Faculty Advisor

Wendy Birmingham

First Faculty Reader

Brock Kirwan

Honors Coordinator

Bruce Brown

Keywords

fMRI; ADHD; social support; cognition

Abstract

This thesis examines the role of perceived parental support on adolescents aged 12-19 who have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Specifically, the study focused on inhibitory control, one form of cognitive executive control often implicated in ADHD, in three ways: first, through the use of a Go/No-Go task during a functional MRI scan of the brain; second, through the use of a neuropsychological cognitive battery using the NIH Toolbox; and third, through a qualitative interview that examined self-control in school and home contexts. Contrary to the initial hypothesis, parental support was found to be negatively correlated with inhibitory control in emerging adults 18-19.

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