Coping of adolescents and young adults with ADHD symptoms in school and workplace

Keywords: ADHD; adolescence; coping with demands; school; professional training


In the present study, the ability of adolescents and young adults with varying degrees of ADHD symptoms to cope with demands was investigated with quantitative and qualitative methods. 907 adolescents and young adults between the ages of 14 and 24 years from vocational and baccalaureate schools in the German-speaking part of Switzerland were asked to fill out a questionnaire in class. In addition, three episodic interviews were conducted with adolescents affected by ADHD. The results suggest that those affected have greater difficulties in coping with academic and occupational demands than unaffected adolescents and that, among other things, unfavourable learning and working conditions at school and in the workplace can have an inhibiting effect on coping with demands.

Author Biographies

Annette Krauss, Interkantonale Hochschule für Heilpädagogik

MSc. in Psychologie (Vertiefung  Klinische- und Gesundheitspsychologie). Nebenfach Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaften. Universität Zürich

Dissertationsprojekt zum Thema «Wohlbefinden und Anforderungsbewältigung von Jugendlichen mit ADHS-Symptomen und die Rolle ausgewählter Schutzfaktoren» (Leibniz-Universität Hannover, laufend)

Seit 2015 wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin an der Interkantonalen Hochschule für Heilpädagogik 


Katja Mackowiak, Leibniz Universität Hannover

Professorin für Sonderpädagogische Psychologie an der Leibniz Universität Hannover (seit 2010)


Forschung zu Lernunterstützung durch kognitive Aktivierung; Professionalisierung von pädagogischem Personal; ADHS


How to Cite
Krauss, A. and Mackowiak, K. (2023) “Coping of adolescents and young adults with ADHD symptoms in school and workplace”, Swiss Journal of Educational Research, 45(1), pp. 40–52. doi: 10.24452/sjer.45.1.4.