Executive function in children with externalizing and comorbid internalizing behavior problems. Academic Article uri icon


  • BACKGROUND: The goal of this study is to investigate differences in executive function (EF) in children with different levels of disruptive behavior problems (DBP). METHODS: Ninety-three children between 7 and 12years old with DBP were compared to 63 normally developing peers on a battery of EF tasks that varied in the amount of required emotion regulation ('hot' EF). RESULTS: Differences in EF were found between DBP and comparison groups as indexed by hot EF tasks. Self-reported emotion scales, in conjunction with physiological recordings of heart rate, confirmed that emotions were elicited during hot EF. CONCLUSIONS: Results suggest that difficulties in hot EF underlie externalizing problem behaviors in middle childhood.

published proceedings

  • J Child Psychol Psychiatry

author list (cited authors)

  • Woltering, S., Lishak, V., Hodgson, N., Granic, I., & Zelazo, P. D.

complete list of authors

  • Woltering, Steven||Lishak, Victoria||Hodgson, Nick||Granic, Isabela||Zelazo, Philip David

publication date

  • January 1, 2016 11:11 AM