The relationship between sensory processing sensitivity and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder traits : a spectrum approach

Panagiotidi, M ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0189-5873, Overton, P and Stafford, T 2020, 'The relationship between sensory processing sensitivity and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder traits : a spectrum approach' , Psychiatry Research, 293 , p. 113477.

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Abstract

The aim of the present study was to examine the relationship between sensory processing sensitivity (SPS) and symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in adults. The Highly Sensitive Person Scale (HSPS) scale and the Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale (ASRS) were administered to a non-clinical group of 274 participants recruited from a university volunteers list. We found a highly significant positive correlation between number of self-reported ADHD traits and sensory sensitivity. Furthermore, ADHD traits and age were predictors of SPS and exploratory factor analysis revealed a factor that combined ADHD traits and items from the HSPS. The psychometric properties of the HSPS were also examined supporting the unidimensional nature of the concept. To our knowledge, this is the first study to identify a positive relationship between HSPS and ADHD traits in the general population. Our results further support recent findings suggesting abnormal sensory processing in ADHD.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Psychiatry Research
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0165-1781
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Depositing User: M Panagiotidi
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2020 08:46
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2020 08:46
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/58716

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