An empirical examination of the relationships between Adult Attention Deficit, Personal Task Management Systems and Role Stress

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Adult attention deficit disorders (AAD) and stress are pervasive and significant experiences with mostly harmful consequences for both employees and organizations as a whole. This research study proposes a link between AAD and role stress. Adults who are experiencing the core symptoms of AAD (difficulties with task activation, concentration, effort, emotional interference and accessing memory) are less likely to develop an effective task management system. This in turn should lead to higher levels of role stress. Both the association between AAD and total role stress (r = 0.34, p < 0.01), and the more specific associations between AAD and role overload (r = 0.26, p < 0.01), role ambiguity (r = 0.31, p < 0.01) and role conflict (r = 0.26, p < 0.01), were statistically significant. The associations between the lack of an effective task management system and both AAD (r = 0.41, p < 0.01) and total role stress (r = 0.64, p < 0.01) were statistically significant. The Sobel test (Z = 6.57, p < 0.00) provides support for the hypothesis that the lack of an effective task management system fully mediates the relationship between AAD and role stress. Future research needs to draw samples from a variety of work situations.


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