Marielle Mason

Perceptions Toward Persons with ADHD: Exploring the Relationship Between Intergroup Contact, Honesty-Humility, Accommodations and Attitudes

April 9, 2021   /  

Name: Marielle Mason
Major: Psychology
Advisor: Dr. Amber Garcia (advisor), Dr. Grit Herzmann (second reader)

This study investigated college studentsโ€™ attitudes towards people with ADHD and their relationship to intergroup contact, personality, attitudes towards educational accommodations. Participants were asked to complete an online survey which included four modified measures: Contact with Disabled Persons Scale (CDP), Attitudes Towards Disabled Persons Scale (ATDP), General Attitudes Toward College Educational Accommodation Scale, and the HEXACO. Based on previous literature, it was hypothesized that individuals with higher intergroup contact with persons with ADHD and individuals with a higher honesty-humility score would have more positive general attitudes towards persons with ADHD. Additionally, I hypothesized that increased intergroup contact and higher honesty-humility scores would be positively correlated with positive attitudes towards academic accommodations for individuals with ADHD. The linear regression results did not support the hypotheses. However, there were significant predictor variables within each model. Honesty-humility was a significant predictor of attitudes towards persons with ADHD and intergroup contact was a significant predictor of attitudes towards educational accommodations. These results reflect the existing literature as well as suggest that further research is necessary to fully understand the relationship between disability attitudes, accommodations, intergroup contact, and honesty-humility.

Marielle will be online to field comments on April 16:
noon-2pm EDT (PST: 9-11am, Africa/Europe: early evening)

45 thoughts on “Perceptions Toward Persons with ADHD: Exploring the Relationship Between Intergroup Contact, Honesty-Humility, Accommodations and Attitudes”

  1. Hi Mari, this is such an interesting study! I’m glad to see that the campus has a positive mindset towards neurodivergent individuals. I am so happy to have become your friend this year and I cant wait to see all the amazing things you go on to do in life!

    1. Thanks for watching Marian! Very happy that we became friends and I cannot wait to see what you do with your independent study next year ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Congratulations, Mari, what a great accomplishment. Really enjoyed your project and results. Good example of adding extra context and value to your data even when the regression doesn’t support the hypothesis. Proud to have been your FYS teacher!

    1. Thank you, Dr. Mariola! I was so lucky to have had you as an FYS professor! I hope you are doing well!

  3. Mari this is such a wonderful I.S. project. I can’t wait to see what you will do in life!!

  4. Incredible job Mari!! This is such an amazing IS project. I’m so proud of you and I can’t wait to see all the great things you do in the future!

  5. Mari, congrats!! As someone with ADD, this project means that much more to me! Thanks so much for your research and great job!

    1. Thanks, Matt! I also have ADHD and I learned so much about myself during this project.

  6. So awesome Mari! Iโ€™m glad we had a chance to talk about your concept and I canโ€™t wait to see where you go in life! Much love, pipes ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Congratulations, Mari! I had a wonderful time working with you on this project, and I learned so much about ADHD.

    1. It was a privilege having you as an advisor and I really enjoyed working with you! Thanks for all your help!

  8. Mari! You are amazing and I am so grateful to know you. How do you see this research influencing your future career?

    1. Thanks for coming to watch! Hmm, I have been thinking about eventually going to graduate school to study disabilities. An idea about a future profession I had while working on my project is to hold classes for parents who have kids with ADHD since ADHD affects many other aspects of one’s life besides school.

  9. This is incredible Mari! I loved being able to hear you explain your important project; it’s clear how hard you worked on this and I hope you are so incredibly proud of yourself! I wonder how the results would have changed had you interviewed educators/professors in addition to students. I love you, ring power forever!

    1. Thanks so much for coming, Ellie! I did consider putting out my survey to professors as well but I can assume, from my results with Wooster students, that Wooster professors would generally have positive attitudes. I think that if this study was done at a larger school with more diverse opinions on disabilities, we would see varied perceptions towards ADHD.
      Lots of love for you, my friend ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Hi Mari, Congratulations on your IS! This is a great topic!
    If you had to continue your study, what might you consider adding or looking further into?

    1. Hi Anna! For future research, I would suggest looking at gender differences. Past literature found that women generally have higher levels of empathy so it would be interesting to consider. I did not include my other hypothesis in this presentation but I found that Honesty-Humility was a significant predictor of general attitudes towards ADHD. Almost half of my participants identified as women and that may be the reason why honesty-humility was a significant predictor.

      Also, I would have liked to assess the total contact time someone has with a person with ADHD. It was found in past literature that the more contact someone has with a person with a disability with information about the disability, the more positive attitudes a person would have. However, prolonged contact was found to have the most positive attitudes so for future studies, I recommend looking into the amount of contact someone has with a person with ADHD.

  11. Amazing project!! So proud of you Mari!! I canโ€™t wait to have you home for the summer.

  12. I really enjoyed listening to your presentation on this very important topic, Mari. Congratulations!!

  13. Congratulations Mari!! This is a wonderful IS project and I can’t wait to see the amazing things you do in the future!!

  14. Well done Mari! Your presentation was thoughtful and very clear for someone outside of the discipline to understand!

  15. Hi, Mari! This was such an interesting topic. Although you did not find significant results, your results were really good to hear!

    1. Thanks Zoe! Canโ€™t wait to see what you do with your IS in the future ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Mari! I absolutely loved learning about your project! I have severe ADHD and I’ve had to ask for accommodations just about every other week in college (and half the time it’s way past a deadline), so this means a lot to me. I really appreciate all the hard work you put into your project and thank you so much for sharing your research! I’m excited to see what you do in the future!

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