2018 Student Research Conference:
31st Annual Student Research Conference

Adderall: Truman Students' Habits and Attitudes 


Clare M. Mattione
Dr. Anton Daughters, Faculty Mentor

Adderall is a drug typically prescribed to students who have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to aid in concentration and, ultimately, academic performance.  This study explores the attitudes and behaviors of Adderall use in students at Truman State University (n=247) regardless of being diagnosed with an attention disorder or not.  Students completed an online survey and answered questions on the topics of: what students general attitudes on Adderall are; how great a knowledge they have on Adderall use; their actual use of Adderall (how often and why);and demographics.  Results showed that 27.1% of students admitted to using Adderall, and 56.9% of these students have been diagnosed with an attention disorder.  General attitudes toward the morality of using Adderall without an attention disorder varied, with about half the sample considering this to be cheating.  Students in social organizations reported in higher rates to using Adderall, with and without attention disorders, and also view this as more acceptable behavior than students not in a social organization.

Keywords: Adderall, college, school, behavior, ADD, ADHD, attention

Topic(s):Sociology

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 211-2
Location: VH 1236
Time: 9:45

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