Relations between key executive functions and aggression in childhood
2016 (English)In: Child Neuropsychology, ISSN 0929-7049, E-ISSN 1744-4136, Vol. 22, no 5, 537-555 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The present study examined relationships between three key executive functions (working memory, inhibition, and mental set-shifting) and multiple types of aggression in a general population sample of 9-year-old children. One hundred and forty-eight children completed a battery of executive function tasks and were rated on aggression by their primary teachers. All executive function (EF) composites were related to a composite measure of aggression. Working memory (WM) was most consistently related to the different types of aggression (overt, relational, reactive, and proactive), whereas inhibition and mental set-shifting only were related to relational and reactive aggression, respectively. Specificity in relations (studied as independent contributions) was generally low with the exception of the relation between WM and relational aggression. Taken together, our results highlight the roles of WM and relational aggression in EF-aggression relations in middle childhood.
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2016. Vol. 22, no 5, 537-555 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-269872DOI: 10.1080/09297049.2015.1018152ISI: 000373876200002PubMedID: 25833167OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-269872DiVA: diva2:885308
FunderForte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
See "Carin Tillman" for earlier publications by "Carin Marciszko"2015-12-182015-12-182016-06-01Bibliographically approved