Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Reader/Committee Chair

Caroline Lim



Historically, Black women have continued to face discriminatory practices within the various branches of healthcare in America, including mental health.


The aim of this study was to explore the reasons for and factors contributing to the underdiagnosis of Attention Deficit- Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) among Black females.


This study was conducted using both quantitative and qualitative methods by use of collecting self-report scales and conducting individual interviews. Eight Black women were recruited by posting fliers on social media accounts that served as ADHD support groups among women. I collected data with the results of the self-report scale and the responses from the interview questions. Data analysis was conducted by assessing the results of the ADHD self-report scale for the severity of symptoms and identifying the impact of undiagnosed ADHD through the interview responses.


This study found significant negative impacts of undiagnosed ADHD among Black women. More specifically, the main barriers to Black females receiving mental health services were the social stigmas among the Black community, the lack of knowledge among mental health providers on the diverse

ADHD symptomatology, and the general mistrust of medical and mental health providers among Black women.


Findings from this study suggest that more Black women and other women of color are hired in positions of medical and mental health services to facilitate trust and increase awareness of the diverse ADHD presentation