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Title: The assessment of cognitive distortions in children and adolescents with conduct disorder
Author: Young, Audrey Susan
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1998
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In recent years, studies have focused on the involvement of socio-cognitive factors in the maintenance of conduct disorder. This present study drew on three main areas of research in this field. Firstly, Dodge's (1986) model which described a sequence of steps involved in information-processing in social interactions. Secondly, Felner's et al (1990) model which incorporates a number of skills including cognitive abilities under the umbrella of social competence. Finally and more specifically, the research on the cognitions of children who display psychopathology was used, especially focusing on the distinctions made between deficits and distortions (thinking errors) in information processing. The aim of this study was to examine thinking errors that may be present in children with conduct disorder in comparison with a control group. It was hypothesised that conduct disordered children would produce thoughts that represented certain thinking errors in information processing that subsequently may be a potential factor in the maintenance of the disorder. The main measure which was specifically developed, was an attempt to access children's thoughts in response to certain situations which they watched enacted on video. Felner's model proposed a relationship between cognitive abilities and positive mental health so a measure of self-esteem was included. A measure of self-efficacy for committing or inhibiting aggressive acts was also used to consider the relationship between this factor, thinking errors and self-esteem. The validity of the assessment measure was also discussed and the implication of the results for the treatment of conduct disorder.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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