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An executive function training programme to promote behavioural and emotional control of children and adolescents in foster care in Spain

Camuñas, Nuria; Mavrou, Irini; Vaíllo, María; Martínez, Raquel Martínez; (2022) An executive function training programme to promote behavioural and emotional control of children and adolescents in foster care in Spain. Trends in Neuroscience and Education , Article 100175. 10.1016/j.tine.2022.100175. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

This study assessed the effectiveness of an executive function training programme aiming at reducing the behavioural and emotional problems of 87 minors, aged between 8 and 17, in residential care within the Spanish foster care system. Participants’ executive functions were assessed with the Spanish adaptation of the Behaviour Rating Inventory of Executive Function (BRIEF®2). For the assessment of their emotional and behavioural problems, the Spanish adaptation of the Assessment System for Children and Adolescents (SENA) was used. The results revealed an improvement in initiative and task supervision. After the intervention, the minors reported having fewer problems with their classmates and fewer symptoms related to traumatic events. According to the educators, those minors also presented better integration and social skills, a greater willingness to study, less isolation, less symptoms of depression, fewer emotional problems and a higher level and variety of personal resources.

Type: Article
Title: An executive function training programme to promote behavioural and emotional control of children and adolescents in foster care in Spain
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.tine.2022.100175
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tine.2022.100175
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript, available under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence.
Keywords: Executive function intervention; emotional adjustment; behavioural control; child protection; foster care; diversity
UCL classification: 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
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10145644
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