alexa Abstract | Could Social Cognition Training Reduce Externalizing Behaviors and Social Maladjustment in Preschoolers?
ISSN: 2471-9900

Journal of Psychological Abnormalities
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Background: Recently, a social cognition training model has been developed and showed significant improvements on social cognition, social adjustment and externalizing behaviors in typically developing preschoolers. Objectives: Such model has been replicated in the current study in preschoolers with externalizing behaviors to test whether deficits in social cognition could cause deficits in social adjustment and externalizing behaviors in preschoolers. The effects of training in social information processing and Theory of Mind on social cognition, on emotion regulation, on social adjustment and on externalizing behaviors were examined. Methodology: After a pre-test, 37 children with externalizing behaviors were allocated either to an experimental group, which received 15 sessions of social cognition training in groups of 3-4 children, or to a control group. Results and conclusion: Through regression analyses, the Theory of Mind indirect, social information processing, emotion regulation and social adjustment measures were significantly predicted by group condition. The hypothesis that difficulties in social adjustment can be caused by deficits in social cognition is discussed.

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Author(s): Marine Houssa and Nathalie Nader-Grosbois


Externalizing behaviors, Social cognition, Emotion regulation, Social adjustment, Training, Child development, Children Behavior, Behavioural Psychology

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