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ERIC Number: EJ991613
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
ISSN: ISSN-1087-0547
The Impact of Inattention and Emotional Problems on Cognitive Control in Primary School Children
Sorensen, Lin; Plessen, Kerstin J.; Lundervold, Astri J.
Journal of Attention Disorders, v16 n7 p589-599 Oct 2012
Objective: The present study investigated the predictive value of parent/teacher reports of inattention and emotional problems on cognitive control function in 241 children in primary school. Method: Cognitive control was measured by functions of set-shifting and working memory as assessed by the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function (BRIEF) and performance-based tests (i.e., Color Trail Test and Digit Span Test). Symptoms of inattention and emotional problems were measured with parent and teacher reports on Swanson Nolan and Pelham-IV questionnaire and Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire, respectively. Results: Clinical symptoms of inattention and emotional problems explained the children's performance on test measures. However, symptoms of inattention made a significant contribution on all the selected measures of cognitive control, whereas reports concerning emotional problems uniquely explained the variance on the Shift scale from the BRIEF. Conclusion: Valid information on cognitive control function in primary school children should thus include simultaneous information concerning problems of inattention and emotion. (Contains 1 note and 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Norway
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Digit Span Test; Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire