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Title: Emotion regulation, attention and mindfulness in adolescents with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties
Author: Bullemor-Day, Philippa
ISNI:       0000 0004 8498 4747
Awarding Body: Royal Holloway, University of London
Current Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of Award: 2015
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Abstract:
Social, emotional, and behavioural difficulties (SEBD) impact significantly on the life, education, and psychological wellbeing of adolescents. A central factor in the development and maintenance of SEBD is emotion regulation (the ability to regulate emotional responses). Emotion regulation has been linked to attention and mindfulness, where studies have showed positive correlations between these constructs. Mindfulness-based interventions are beginning to be widely used, however have been studied very little in adolescents with SEBD, despite this population being recognised as having distinct difficulties with emotion regulation and attention, and a group in need of helpful interventions. Furthermore, there is little research exploring the mechanisms underlying mindfulness, particularly in adolescents. The present study aimed to investigate the relationships between emotion regulation, attention and mindfulness in adolescents with SEBD and controls. In particular, the study explored the mediating role of attention in the relationship between mindfulness and emotion regulation, and looked specifically at the effect of varying levels of callousunemotional traits on these relationships. Adolescents aged 11-16 with identified SEBD and controls participated in the study which used self-reported and teacherrated questionnaires as well as cognitive tasks to measure levels of SEBD, emotion regulation, attention and trait mindfulness. The results showed there were significant positive correlations between emotion regulation, attention and mindfulness in adolescents with SEBD and in controls, when using particular measures of these variables. Attention was found to significantly mediate the relationship between mindfulness and emotion regulation. The results, however, showed little support for any differences between the relationships between these constructs in those with varying levels of callous-unemotional traits. The results are helpful in adding to theories surrounding emotion regulation, attention and mindfulness in adolescents, particularly in adolescents with SEBD, where research is more limited, and have important implications for developing and tailoring interventions in both clinical and educational settings.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.792387  DOI: Not available
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