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Social cognition and disruptive behaviour disorders in young children: families matter

Claire Hughes and Rosie Ensor

in Social Cognition and Developmental Psychopathology

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Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780198569183
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754432 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780198569183.003.0005

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

Social cognition and disruptive behaviour disorders in young children: families matter

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This chapter begins with a description of disruptive behavioural disorder (DBD) and of normal patterns of development in social cognition. We argue that advances in our understanding of age-related changes in social cognition may illuminate key mechanisms underlying the development of DBD. We also summarize recent findings concerning the cognitive and family influences upon social cognition and, by extension, upon possible abnormalities in the development of behavioural regulation. Next, we present findings from two studies that exemplify the kind of research we think will advance understanding social cognition in hard-to-manage preschoolers. Finally, we consider the relevance of the research reviewed in this chapter for interventions aimed at improving problems of DBD and discuss possible future research directions.

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Subjects: Psychiatry

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