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Help with our ADHD in young girls research


Girls and young women are less likely to receive a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than boys and young men, and when they do, the diagnosis is often delayed. This delay in diagnosis may mean that girls and young women miss out on early support for their diagnosis which may affect their health and wellbeing. As such, we are interested in the experiences and presentation of ADHD in girls and young women.

Why are we doing this research?

At the National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH), we want to identify behaviours linked to ADHD in gender-diverse young people to help inform the development of a new gender-inclusive ADHD assessment tool for primary school children.

Who can take part?

Please note: the project is still looking for education or healthcare professionals but has closed recruitment for young adults, and parents and carers of girls aged 5-18 years old.

  • Young adults who identify as a woman, nonbinary or transgender, aged 18-25 years old with a diagnosis of ADHD or ADD (attention deficit disorder)
  • Parents/carers of girls aged 5-18 years old who have been given a diagnosis of ADHD or ADD by a doctor or other health professional
  • Educational or healthcare professionals with experience of working with young people, particularly girls, with ADHD
  • You must live in Wales or the wider UK

If you are happy to take part in this study, please read the following information and FAQS, and follow the relevant link at the bottom of the page.

What will I have to do?

If eligible to participate:

  • Young adults will take part in a 1:1 interview lasting 30-60 minutes
  • Parents/carers and professionals will take part in focus groups, with other parents/carers or professionals from your area of work (respectively), lasting 90 minutes
  • The interviews and focus groups will involve questions and discussion about how ADHD presents in girls and lived experiences of growing up with ADHD.

You can take part online (eg Zoom) or in person (at Cardiff University). Young adults also have the option to participate via phone call. If you take part, you will receive a £25 Love2shop gift voucher. Additional vouchers are available to cover travel and childcare costs (if applicable).

Taking part is voluntary: it’s up to you to choose if you want to sign up.

To take part

Please download and read the relevant information sheet provided below.


We have now closed recruitment for this project. Thank you to everyone who has registered. If you weren’t able to, please follow us on Twitter @ncmh_wales and Instagram @thencmh to stay up to date with our research opportunities.


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