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Little Effect of Executive Functioning on Behaviour Problems of Those with Attachment or Autism Spectrum Disorders

JOANNA DAVIES, Phil Reed Orcid Logo

Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Swansea University Authors: JOANNA DAVIES, Phil Reed Orcid Logo

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Abstract

ObjectivesThis study explored whether executive functioning (EF) mediated the relationship between either autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or attachment disorder (AD) and behaviour problems for a sample of children with learning disabilities.MethodsA sample of 79 pupils with learning disabilities was...

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Published in: Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders
ISSN: 2366-7532 2366-7540
Published: Springer Science and Business Media LLC 2022
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa60638
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Abstract: ObjectivesThis study explored whether executive functioning (EF) mediated the relationship between either autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or attachment disorder (AD) and behaviour problems for a sample of children with learning disabilities.MethodsA sample of 79 pupils with learning disabilities was examined in terms of their AD and ASD traits, their levels of behaviour problems and performance on four EF tasks (WCST, Hungry Donkey, Stroop and Tower of London) was assessed.ResultsThere were positive correlations between levels of ASD and AD and between both of these traits and behaviour problems. However, there was no relationship between these traits and EF, and no relationship between EF and behaviour problems.ConclusionsThat there was little influence of EF as a mediator between these conditions and behaviour problems for a sample with learning disabilities suggests that EF has limited usefulness as a target for educational intervention in such a sample.
Keywords: Autism spectrum disorder; Attachment disorder; Executive function; Differentiating diagnoses
College: College of Human and Health Sciences