Edge Foundation reports ADHD Coaching Pilot Study Results

First large-scale study looking at the effectiveness of personal coaching for college students with ADHD.

The Edge Foundation reported today that it has concluded the pilot phase of its ADHD coaching study.  A progress report on the study was presented at the AHEAD 2009 Global Access Conference, Louisville, KY and will also be reviewed at the Southwest Disabilities Conference in Albuquerque on September 30th and at CHADD’s National Conference in Cleveland on October 9th.

The pilot study is the second phase of a $1 million, 27-month study funded by the Deerbrook Charitable Trust, the Foundation of Coaching, and the Edge Foundation.  It is being led by a faculty team from the Center for Self-Determination and Transition in the College of Education at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. For more information about the study team,  ADHD and the Edge Foundation click here.

ADHD Coaching Pilot Study Objectives

The pilot study was conducted with a group of 8 students at Washington University in St. Louis, MO.  It prepared the way for comprehensive, national study by testing its methods and systems to make sure they all work well and the study operates smoothly. It had two major components:

1.       Pretesting the assessment tool and research techniques before launching them on a broad scale.

2.       Identifying qualitative themes through open-ended interviews with students who have ADHD.

ADHD Coaching Study Research Design and Study Population

“There is substantial anecdotal evidence indicating that coaching is perceived by students, parents and educators as a valuable service that helps students succeed in a variety of settings. However, the value of personal coaching has never been subjected to a rigorous scientific study of its effects on student outcomes.” said Dr. Sharon Field, the project’s research director.

The full-scale, national study will be conducted at  several two- and four-year colleges and universities across the United States during the 2009/2010 academic year. It will examine the effects of coaching on 200 randomly selected students with ADHD. The outcomes for these students will be compared to those of similar students who do not receive coaching services.  Study results will be available by August 2010.

The study will examine coaching’s impact on:

  • student retention rates,
  • credits earned ,
  • grade-point average,
  • organizational and study skills, and
  • students’ perceived sense of well-being, social adjustment and adaptation to college life.

Next steps:

“We believe that the information we learn from this study will result in significant improvement of the graduation rate of students with ADHD,” said Sarah Wright, Edge Foundation Executive Director.  “When you consider that an estimated 8 million children have ADHD, the potential economic impact of this study is significant.”

A copy of the pilot study PowerPoint presentation slides will be available in October.  If you would like to receive notification the slides are available and other study updates, please sign up for our newsletter.

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3 Responses

  1. […] Parker at Wayne State University. The results from this study will be available informally from the Edge Foundation in mid […]

  2. Joanne Norris

    Where can we access the results of this study?

    • Peggy -- Edge Blogger

      The study will be publicized late summer/early fall. We will announce results in the blog, or you can sign up for our email to hear about it first. https://edgefoundation.org/newsletter/