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The Role of Executive Function on Adolescent Affective Problems

dc.contributor.advisorCompas, Bruce
dc.contributor.authorGrice, Tori
dc.description.abstractObjective: The current study examined the associations among executive function, secondary control coping and affective problems. Method: A sample of 104 adolescents (ages 9-15 years old) completed cognitive assessments and self-report measures of affective problems and secondary control coping. Results: A history of maternal depression was associated with higher levels of affective problems in adolescents. Additionally, lower levels of working memory were associated with higher levels of affective problems in older adolescents. Secondary control coping and an interaction between age and working memory both predict levels of affective problems in adolescents, but secondary control coping did not explain the relationship between working memory and affective problems. Conclusions: Results highlight the potential importance of executive function in addition to secondary control coping when examining affective problems in adolescents.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Honors Program in Psychological Sciencesen_US
dc.publisherVanderbilt Universityen_US
dc.titleThe Role of Executive Function on Adolescent Affective Problemsen_US
dc.description.schoolVanderbilt Universityen_US

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