Women with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): A Lived Study

by Nawrocki, Lori S.

Abstract (Summary)
The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological study was to discover the structure of the lived experience of adult women diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) using Parse’s theoretical framework and qualitative methodology. Nursing research related to the experiences of adult women is important and adds to nursing knowledge. Knowledge gained through this research is key in understanding and supporting these women as they go through life’s journey. Four women diagnosed with ADHD were interviewed. Analysis of data revealed 11 themes: forgiving self and accepting failures while feeling guilty, hurting while not understanding with empathy arising with situational knowing, having dignity during imperfection, wishing for more but accepting the now, being chained while wanting to run free, controlling while uncontrolled, maintaining tranquility during chaos, realizing limiting while striving for success, accepting the bad and celebrating the good, and understanding the past while creating knowledge of now.
Bibliographical Information:


School:University of Toledo Health Science Campus

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis



Date of Publication:01/01/2006

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