Author: Zainab Bukhari
Supervisor: Farah Malik, PhD
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
The present study investigated the relationship between executive functioning in children with emotional-behavioral problems. It was hypothesized that there would be negative relationship between executive functioning in children with emotional-behavioral problems and executive functioning would predict emotional-behavioral problems in children. Correlation research design and purposive sampling technique was used in this research. Sample comprised of 50 children (25 boys and25 girls) with age range of 9-12 years (M = 10.60, SD = 1.17). Data were collected from 4 private schools in Lahore. Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Functioning (BRIEF; Gioia, Isquith, Guy & Kenthworthy, 2000) was translated into Urdu that was filled in by the mothers of the children and Strength’s and Difficulties Questionnaire (Goodman, 1997) was filled in by the class teachers to rate children for emotional behavioral problems. The result of Pearson Product Moment Correlation indicated negative relationship between executive functioning in children with emotional-behavioral problems. Stepwise regression analysis indicated that behavioral regulation index (inhibit, shift and emotional control) dimension of executive functioning inventory significantly predicted the emotional-behavioral problems in children. There were also significant gender differences regarding executive functioning in children with emotional-behavioral problems. The present study has implication of developing management plans and clinical strategies in related field.
Keywords: Executive Functioning, Children, Emotional Behavioral Problems.
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