Career thoughts and parental relationships in adolescents with ADHD

A study published in The Career Development Quarterly looked for potential links between negative or dysfunctional career thoughts and the quality of parental relationships in high school students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

In the study of 102 adolescents (76 boys, 26 girls) with ADHD, male participants’ dysfunctional career thoughts were related to their relationships with their mothers. Those who had positive relationships with their mothers exhibited less external conflict about their career choices.

The findings will be useful for career counselors as they can consider the influence of family relationships on the career choices of adolescents with ADHD.

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