The Advantage of Disadvantage: Is ADHD Associated with Idea Generation at Work?

Logan M. Steele, Shani Pindek, Ofra Margalit

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Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) afflicts approximately 2.5% of adults. People who experience symptoms associated with this disorder tend to also experience a host of negative work outcomes (e.g., lower job performance, more injuries). However, there may be an upside to this disorder––namely, creativity. In this cross-sectional study of 258 Israeli adults, we found that more severe ADHD symptoms were positively associated with experiencing planning discrepancies at work, which had a positive indirect effect on idea generation. However, we also found that ADHD symptoms were negatively associated with the perceived meaningfulness of one’s work, which had a negative indirect effect on idea generation. Thus, the total effect of ADHD on idea generation was null. We discuss the implications of this research and offer suggestions for future directions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-283
Number of pages9
JournalCreativity Research Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2021

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)


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