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Gepubliceerd in: Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology 2/2007

01-04-2007 | Original Paper

Memory for Angry Faces, Impulsivity, and Problematic Behavior in Adolescence

Auteurs: Mathieu d’Acremont, Martial Van der Linden

Gepubliceerd in: Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology | Uitgave 2/2007

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Abstract

Research has shown that cognitive processes like the attribution of hostile intention or angry emotion to others contribute to the development and maintenance of conduct problems. However, the role of memory has been understudied in comparison with attribution biases. The aim of this study was thus to test if a memory bias for angry faces was related to conduct problems in youth. Adolescents from a junior secondary school were presented with angry and happy faces and were later asked to recognize the same faces with a neutral expression. They also completed an impulsivity questionnaire. A teacher assessed their behavior. The results showed that a better recognition of angry faces than happy faces predicted conduct problems and hyperactivity/inattention as reported by the teacher. The memory bias effect was more pronounced for impulsive adolescents. It is suggested that a memory bias for angry faces favors disruptive behavior but that a good ability to control impulses may moderate the negative impact of this bias.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Memory for Angry Faces, Impulsivity, and Problematic Behavior in Adolescence
Auteurs
Mathieu d’Acremont
Martial Van der Linden
Publicatiedatum
01-04-2007
Gepubliceerd in
Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology / Uitgave 2/2007
Print ISSN: 2730-7166
Elektronisch ISSN: 2730-7174
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10802-006-9092-1

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