Emotion attribution impairments, biases, and development in children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Severe Mood Dysregulation

Cara F Levitch, Fordham University

Abstract

The goal of this study was to examine emotion attribution impairments and biases in young children (ages 5- 9 years) with significant symptoms of emotion dysregulation and social impairment. Based on findings from previous research on children with severe emotion dysregulation (SED) and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), it was posited that children with such psychopathology would have difficulties with the identification of emotions from faces and contextual information compared to controls. Furthermore, it was hypothesized that children with SED would demonstrate a hostile attribution bias and that there would be overall improvements with age in emotion attribution accuracy. The results of this study indicate the continued development of emotion attribution from contextual scenarios throughout childhood. In addition, children with SED demonstrated slightly impaired emotion attribution compared to controls, which further informs understanding of specific emotion attribution deficits in psychiatric populations of children with emotion and behavior dysregulation.^

Subject Area

Neurosciences|Developmental psychology|Clinical psychology

Recommended Citation

Levitch, Cara F, "Emotion attribution impairments, biases, and development in children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Severe Mood Dysregulation" (2016). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI10190889.
http://fordham.bepress.com/dissertations/AAI10190889

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