and : Emotional regulation and attaention control among high school students

The prevalence of internalized and externalized disorders is increasing among adolescents. The mental disor –
ders may be related to the deficit of emotion, attention, and behavior control. The aim of our research was to
examine the occurrence of internalizing and externalizing symptoms in relation to emotion and attention control. Our youth study was performed in the spring of 2016 in Makó. By random selection, a total of 1245 participants were included in the sample, with a mean age of 16.15 years (standard deviation = 1.85 years). Data collection was based on self-administrated questionnaries. According to our results, the higher prevalence of internalizing and externalizing symptoms correlates with the difficulties of emotion and attention control. Particularly among girls a significant lack of regulation and prevalence of internalization problems were more characteristic. Our research draws the attention to the need of developing emotional and cognitive skills of young people, which can be the key towards the maintenance of mental health.

Keywords: emotional regulation, attention control, internalization, externalization

Year: 2018
Issue: 4
Page: 83-94
Dec 2018
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