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Implicit and Explicit Bias in Adults Working with Children with ADHD


The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between implicit and explicit measures of bias in professionals working with children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Several studies have examined implicit and explicit bias in relationship to broadly defined disability categories but no studies have specifically examined bias towards children with ADHD. This study will help to address these gaps by using an implicit bias test that is specifically designed to assess biases towards ADHD symptoms and by recruiting individuals who work professionally with individuals with ADHD. Helping to identify biases that exist in professionals that work with children with ADHD is an important part of advocacy for the profession on occupational therapy and other professions that work with children with this diagnosis.

Procedure for completing the survey

If you agree to take part in this study, you will be asked to complete an online questionnaire that asks about demographic information and an explicit measure of attitudes towards individuals with ADHD. You will also be asked to complete a computerized Implicit Attitudes Test (IAT). This IAT records reaction times to positive and negative words associated with students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This one-time online questionnaire and experiment should take approximately 40-45 minutes to complete. Follow this link to participate.

How anonymity of data will be ensured

No identifying information is collected from participants and you can stop participating at any time. Individuals are assigned a unique randomized identification code upon starting the questionnaire that is also utilized in the experiment with no identifying information collected or utilized in the creation of the random code.

End date for the Study: January 31, 2022