Prospective memory (partially) mediates the link between ADHD symptoms and procrastination
SourceADHD Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders, 11, 1, (2019), pp. 59-71
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SW OZ DCC NRP
SW OZ BSI ON
ADHD Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders
SubjectNeuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology; Social Development; Neuro- en revalidatiepsychologie
Individuals with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often show poor planning and poor organization of tasks and activities which has been related to reduced memory for delayed intentions (prospective memory) and procrastination - in addition to other cognitive or motivational factors. This study set out to bring the fields of prospective memory and procrastination research together and to explore possible relations between the two constructs in ADHD. Twenty-nine adults with ADHD and 24 healthy controls performed several laboratory-based and real-life prospective memory tasks and filled in questionnaires measuring their symptom severity and procrastination behaviour. Overall, individuals' with ADHD showed clear deficits in everyday prospective memory performance. Individuals with ADHD recalled and executed less of their own real-life intentions. Moreover, there were clear links between everyday prospective memory performance and reported procrastination behaviour, and everyday prospective memory performance mediated the link between ADHD symptoms and procrastination behaviour.
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