ADHD and adaptability: the roles of cognitive, behavioural, and emotional regulation

Emma Burns, Andrew J. Martin*

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Adaptability has been recently proposed as cognitive, behavioural, and emotional regulation assisting individuals to effectively respond to change, uncertainty and novelty. Given students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have known impairments with regulatory functions, they may be at particular disadvantage as they seek to navigate change, uncertainty, and novelty in their academic lives. This discussion summarises current research of adaptability as relevant to students with ADHD, presents preliminary exploration of data that suggests evidence for the difficulties students with ADHD face with regards to adaptability (particularly in regards to cognitive and behavioural regulation), and concludes with suggestions for counselling, psychological, and educational practices aimed at enhancing the adaptability of students with ADHD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-242
Number of pages16
JournalAustralian Journal of Guidance and Counselling
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • ADHD
  • attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • adaptability
  • self-regulation


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