Reducing Aggression by Developing Emotional and Inhibitory Control
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AuthorRomero López, Miriam; Pichardo Martínez, María Del Carmen; Justicia Arráez, Ana; Bembibre Serrano, Judit
Emotional controlInhibitory controlSelf-regulationAggressionExecutive functionsTeacher training
Romero-López, M.; Pichardo, M.C.; Justicia-Arráez, A.; Bembibre-Serrano, J. Reducing Aggression by Developing Emotional and Inhibitory Control. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 5263. https://doi.org/10.3390/ ijerph18105263
The objective of this study is to measure the effectiveness of a program on improving inhibitory and emotional control among children. In addition, it is assessed whether the improvement of these skills has an effect on the reduction of aggressive behavior in pre-school children. The participants were 100 children, 50 belonging to the control group and 50 to the experimental group, aged between 5 and 6 years. Pre-intervention and post-intervention measures of inhibitory and emotional control (BRIEF-P) and aggression (BASC) were taken. A Generalized Linear Mixed Model analysis (GLMM) was performed and found that children in the experimental group scored higher on inhibitory and emotional control compared to their peers in the control group. In addition, these improvements have an effect on the decrease in aggressiveness. In conclusion, preventive research should have among its priorities the design of such program given their implications for psychosocial development.