Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Cossman, Jeralynn S.

Committee Member

Brauner-Otto, Sarah

Committee Member

Peterson, Lindsey

Committee Member

Chi, Guangqing

Committee Member

Burdette, Amy M.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


College of Arts and Sciences


Research shows that religious people have higher levels of self-control. Scientists also hypothesize that individuals with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are less likely to participate in religious services which require long periods of attention and self discipline. However, little research has investigated the potential relationship between ADHD and religious participation. Using the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), this study finds (1) mothers’ prayer frequency is marginally related to children’s ADHD symptoms and diagnosis although other religious indicators are not significantly related, (2) childhood religious involvement and affiliation are not significantly related to ADHD symptoms and diagnosis, and (3) childhood ADHD is not significantly related to adult religious involvement and affiliation.