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Executive function and children's social competence: The role of inhibitory control


2006 2006

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Recent interest in the development of executive function in children is largely due to the critical role of these processes in self-regulation. The ability to inhibit inappropriate emotional or behavioral responses is believed to play an important role in children's social competence. However, measurement of distinct cognitive components of executive functioning can be problematic. Of critical importance is research that establishes the construct validity of measures purported to measure components of executive function. Due to the rapid maturation of frontal structures and corresponding advancements in executive competencies, it is also necessary to develop measures that are appropriate for children at each stage of development. The current study provides evidence that an adapted Go/No-Go task is developmentally appropriate for measuring inhibitory control in 6 to 7-year-old children. The present study also provides limited evidence of construct validity of the Go/No-Go task due to modest correlations between task performance and behavioral ratings. Although the Go/No-Go task was not a strong predictor for social outcomes, behavior ratings of inhibitory control significantly predicted prosocial behavior lending support for hypothesized relations.

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Subject
Developmental psychology;
Social psychology;
Behaviorial sciences
Classification
0620: Developmental psychology
0451: Social psychology
0384: Behaviorial sciences
Identifier / keyword
Psychology; Children; Executive function; Inhibitory control; Social competence
Title
Executive function and children's social competence: The role of inhibitory control
Author
Mitchell, Margaret
Number of pages
137
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
1043
Source
DAI-B 67/09, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542898105
Advisor
Wilson, Beverly J.
University/institution
Seattle Pacific University
University location
United States -- Washington
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3235636
ProQuest document ID
304925255
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304925255
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