ADHD, Attachment Styles, and Relationship Quality (1 CE)
Number of credits: 1
This course is for: Clinical Psychologists, Counselors, and Marriage and Family Therapists
Course By: Rachel Schoor, PhD
Course Content: Knies, K., Bodalski, E. A., & Flory, K. (2021). Romantic relationships in adults with ADHD: The effect of partner attachment style on relationship quality. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 38(1), 42–64. https://doi.org/10.1177/0265407520953898
Course Description: Although there is evidence that anxious and avoidant attachment styles and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) negatively impact romantic relationships, little is known about how these factors interact among couples where only one partner has ADHD. Partners of adults with ADHD symptoms completed measures regarding their attachment styles, their partner’s ADHD symptoms, and relationship quality. Anxious attachment was associated with lower romantic relationship quality, while avoidant attachment was associated with more positive relationship outcomes. The latter finding was unexpected and contradicted previous attachment style literature. Possible explanations are discussed along with clinical applications and future directions.
- Identify the main purpose of the study and the methods related to the impact of ADHD symptoms and attachment style impact on romantic relationships.
- Interpret the data by exploring the statistical tests used in conjunction with the discussed findings
- Integrate the study’s strengths and limitations with the identified areas of future research
- Read and understand Romantic relationships in adults with ADHD: The effect of partner attachment style on relationship quality
- Review the Course Description and Learning Objectives
- Consider the factors related to ADHD, attachment styles, and relationship satisfaction
- Work through the post-test questions; keep in mind that answer selections should be derived from the respective article
- Return to the referenced article for any missed questions and/or to better understand the relationships between ADHD symptoms, types of attachment styles, and relationship satisfaction.
|Board Approvals||American Psychological Association (APA), NBCC, Florida Board - Social Work, MFT, Counseling, and Psychology, NYSED - Social Work, MFT and Counseling Only, American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders|
|CE Format||Online, Text-Based|