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Cognitive and behavioural profile of minors in residential care: The role of executive functions

Camunas, N; Vaillo, M; Mavrou, I; Brigido, M; Quintana, MP; (2020) Cognitive and behavioural profile of minors in residential care: The role of executive functions. Children and Youth Services Review December 2020, , 119 , Article 105507. 10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105507. Green open access

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Abstract

The present study analysed the executive, emotional, and behavioural profile of 121 minors aged between 13 and 17, who were living in residential care homes funded by Asociación Nuevo Futuro (Spain). To this end, we used the Assessment System for Children and Adolescents (Fernández-Pinto et al., 2015) and the Spanish adaptation of the Behaviour Rating Inventory of Executive Function (Maldonado Belmonte et al., 2017). Data analysis was conducted using both classical and Bayesian methods. The results revealed strong correlations between children’s executive functions and their behavioural problems. Behaviour regulation made a considerable contribution to children’s behavioural problems. Moreover, age and gender proved to be significant predictor variables, with younger minors exhibiting more behavioural and emotional problems whilst emotional problems were more apparent among females. These findings highlight the need to develop and implement intervention programmes that take into account minors’ age, gender differences, and particularly their cognitive and behavioural profile.

Type: Article
Title: Cognitive and behavioural profile of minors in residential care: The role of executive functions
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105507
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105507
Language: English
Additional information: © 2020 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license
Keywords: Emotional adjustment, Behavioural problems, Executive functions, Residential care, FOSTER-CARE, MALTREATED CHILDREN, INHIBITORY CONTROL, SELF-REGULATION, SCHOOL, FAMILY, YOUTH, ADOLESCENTS, STRATEGIES, EDUCATION
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10123207
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