COGNITIVE RISKS IN PRESCHOOLERS AT RISK FOR DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR DISORDERS

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description

The purpose of this project is the identification of cognitive risks in
preschool age children who are at risk for developing disruptive behavior
disorders. Decades of research on the relations between school
difficulties, learning disabilities, and intelligence and disruptive
behavior disorders have demonstrated modest, significant relations but
precise understanding of the nature of these relations remains to be
determined. Advances in cognitive and neurosciences provide new avenues
of examining specific dimensions of cognitive functioning. In this
project, three cognitive domains were assessed: verbal, visuospatial, and
executive functioning. These domains test hypotheses that disruptive
behavior disorders, at least for some children, are associated with
difficulty with (a) verbal mediation of behavior, (b) processing of
nonverbal socioemotional information, and (c) abilities in inhibiting
behavioral and emotional impulses and focusing and planning appropriate
actions and problem-solving.
StatusNot started

Funding

  • National Institute of Mental Health
  • National Institute of Mental Health

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