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Impulse Control Impairments and Non-Referred Conduct Problems

Title: Impulse Control Impairments and Non-Referred Conduct Problems.
Name(s): Counts, Carla A., author
Loney, Bryan R., professor directing thesis
Kistner, Janet, committee member
Schatschneider, Christopher, committee member
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2005
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Nigg (2001) recently proposed a disinhibition taxonomy that shows promise in isolating unique impulse control impairments related to child conduct problems. The current study investigated the relation between distinct inhibitory processes (i.e., executive and motivational inhibition), ADHD hyperactivity/impulsivity, and conduct problem symptoms in a non-referred and mixed-gender sample of children. Based on recent research, it was predicted that hyperactivity-impulsivity symptoms would bear a unique relation to executive inhibition difficulties indexed by a computerized stop signal task. In contrast, conduct problems were expected to bear a unique relation to motivational inhibition difficulties indexed by a computerized reward dominance task. A purposive sampling technique was used to recruit a non-referred sample of 93 elementary aged children (42 boys and 51 girls) from a larger screening sample of 2nd to 7th graders enrolled in a local public school. Bivariate and regression analyses provided no support for study predictions. Levels of ADHD and conduct problem symptoms were essentially unrelated to inhibition task performance in the current study. Implications of the null findings as well as recommendations for future studies are discussed.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-3360 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2005.
Date of Defense: July 6, 2005.
Keywords: Executive Functions, Motivational Impairment, Child Externalizing Behavior, Disinhibition
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Bryan R. Loney, Professor Directing Thesis; Janet Kistner, Committee Member; Christopher Schatschneider, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU

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