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Aggression and intentionality in narrative responses to conflict and distress story stems: An investigation of boys with disruptive behaviour problems

Hill, J; Fonagy, P; Lancaster, G; Broyden, N; (2007) Aggression and intentionality in narrative responses to conflict and distress story stems: An investigation of boys with disruptive behaviour problems. ATTACH HUM DEV , 9 (3) 223 - 237. 10.1080/14616730701453861.

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Abstract

In this study we examined whether antisocial boys show evidence of a reduced interpersonal interpretation of events (intentionality) specifically in story stem responses to social challenges that provoke fear and distress responses. Two conflict and two distress stems were administered to 5-8 year old boys, 41 referred for disruptive behaviour problems and 25 non-referred boys. Raters blind to group membership scored dysregulated aggression and intentionality from transcripts of story responses. Referred boys had elevated aggression and lower intentionality scores across all stems compared to non-referred. However, there was a story type by group interaction; referred boys had substantially lowered intentionality in response to the distress stems, but not the conflict stems. Avoidant strategies that reduce threat related anxiety or fear also contribute to disruptive behaviour problems.

Type: Article
Title: Aggression and intentionality in narrative responses to conflict and distress story stems: An investigation of boys with disruptive behaviour problems
DOI: 10.1080/14616730701453861
Keywords: story stems, disruptive behaviour problems, conduct disorders, intentionality, aggression, CONDUCT DISORDER, PATTERNS, EMOTION, ATTACHMENT, CHILDREN, REPRESENTATIONS, PRESCHOOLERS, MALTREATMENT, ORGANIZATION, PATHWAYS
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/133735
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