Van Nieuwenhuijzen, M., Bijman, E. R., Lamberix, I. C. W., Orobio de Castro, B., Vermeer, A., & Matthys, W. (2007). Social information processing in children with mild intellectual disabilities: validation of two measurements, Kind en Adolescent, 28 (3), 149-159.
The aim of the present study was to validate two methods to assess social information processing (sip) in children with mild intellectual disabilities (mid). Fifty-six 10 to 14-year-old children with mid sip were assessed by means of responses to hypothetical situations, and observation of actual behaviour in comparable staged standardized real-life conflict situations. The results show both methods discriminate between children with and without accompanying externalizing behaviour problems. In addition, there was a correlation between the spontaneous responses in the hypothetical situations and actual behaviour in the staged real-life situations, and responses in both methods were related to teacher-rated aggressive behaviour in the classroom. The conclusion is that both methods are useful in children with mid for assessing different aspects of sip.
Keywords: social information processing, mild intellectual disabilities, behaviour problems.