Do cognitive distortions explain the longitudinal relationship between life adversity and emotional and behavioural problems in secondary school children?

Panourgia, C. and Comoretto, A., 2017. Do cognitive distortions explain the longitudinal relationship between life adversity and emotional and behavioural problems in secondary school children? Stress and Health. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1002/smi.2743

Abstract

Research has shown that children exposed to life adversity are at higher risk of negative developmental outcomes than those enduring lower stress levels. Life adversity can lead, among other things, to emotional and behavioural problems. Several factors have been studied to explain this relationship, with several investigators underlining the role of thought structures such as cognitive distortions, which refer to negatively biased information‐processing of external events. This can help explain why some individuals characterised by adverse personal life stories interpret ambiguous events in a negatively biased way. This study was aimed at assessing the mediating role of cognitive distortions in the longitudinal relationship between life adversity and two dimensions of psychopathology, namely, emotional and behavioural problems in 247 secondary school children attending three state secondary schools in one county in the South East of England. An increase in life adversity was associated with an increase in cognitive distortions, which was in turn related to a higher number of symptoms reflecting behavioural issues. In terms of practical applications, an effort to protect children from further exposure to adverse life events could represent a step forward to prevent the development of future behavioural problems in at‐risk children.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1532-3005
Uncontrolled Keywords:cognitive distortions; emotional and behavioural problems; life adversity; mediator; structural equation models
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:27628
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:02 Mar 2017 14:49
Last Modified:16 May 2017 13:36

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