Relation of measures of executive function to aggressive behavior in children. Academic Article uri icon


  • This study investigated the role of executive function in relation to aggression in a sample of children (N = 93) aged 9 to 15 years. Based on parent ratings of aggression, the sample was divided into low- (n = 66) and high- (n = 27) aggression groups. Although the groups did not differ significantly on laboratory measures of executive function, significant differences emerged on behavioral regulation and metacognition ratings by parents. Notably, a high level of behavioral dysregulation was predictive of placement in the high-aggression group; both good metacognitive skills and behavior regulation served as significant predictors of prosocial and adaptive skills.

published proceedings

  • Appl Neuropsychol

author list (cited authors)

  • Riccio, C. A., Hewitt, L. L., & Blake, J. J.

citation count

  • 30

complete list of authors

  • Riccio, Cynthia A||Hewitt, Lisa Lockwood||Blake, Jamilia J

publication date

  • January 2011