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Emotional, Behavioural and Executive Functioning Problems in Children in Residential Care

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Department of Psychology, University of Extremadura, 06006 Badajoz, Spain
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Department of Educational Sciences, University of Extremadura, 06006 Badajoz, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(10), 3596; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17103596
Received: 1 May 2020 / Revised: 17 May 2020 / Accepted: 18 May 2020 / Published: 20 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Risk and Protector Factors, Socioeconomic Status and Neurodevelopment)
This research analyses the emotional and behavioural problems, as well as the problems in the executive functions, of children in residential care under protective measures, between 8 and 12 years of age. We analyse the relationship between the problems with their executive functions and their emotional and behavioural problems, as well as the predictive value of the executive functions for the said emotional and behavioural problems. The instruments used were as follows: five digits test (FDT), behavioural assessment of the dysexecutive syndrome in children (BADS-C) and the system of evaluation for children and adolescents (SENA). The results indicate that the children have difficulties in their executive functions, with such problems as in attention control and regulation, impulsiveness, mental rigidity, behavioural organisation and planning and resolving problems. They also have internalising and externalising problems, as well as difficulties in controlling their emotional reactions and understanding the emotions of others. It becomes evident that the difficulties in their executive functions are related to and predict their emotional and behavioural problems. The research demonstrates the need to intervene in the problems detected through the design of therapeutic programmes and interventions in the residential context. View Full-Text
Keywords: executive functions; behavioural and emotional problems; neuropsychology; psychological disorders; residential care executive functions; behavioural and emotional problems; neuropsychology; psychological disorders; residential care
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Moreno-Manso, J.M.; García-Baamonde, M.E.; Guerrero-Barona, E.; Godoy-Merino, M.J.; Bueso-Izquierdo, N.; Guerrero-Molina, M. Emotional, Behavioural and Executive Functioning Problems in Children in Residential Care. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 3596.

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