Inhibitory and emotional control deficits as predictors of symptoms of problem behaviors among juvenile delinquents

Abdul Rahman Ahmad Badayai, Rozainee Khairudin, Wan Shahrazad Wan Sulaiman

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Executive dysfunction of inhibitory and emotional control deficits has not gained attention as a predictor in previous research on problem behaviors. Thus, this study examined inhibitory and emotional control deficits as predictors of symptoms of problem behaviors. There were 404 young offenders with various crimes such as stealing, substance use, rape, homicide, gang fights, and early sexual relation/pregnancy and out of control behavior participated in the study. Behavior Rating Instrument of Executive Function-Self Report (BRIEF-SR) and Achenbach System of Empirical Behavior Assessment (ASEBA-YSR) were employed, respectively. The results showed there was a significant relationships between inhibitory and emotional control deficits with both symptoms of problem behaviours; rule-breaking behavior and aggressive behavior. Moreover, based on regression weights, inhibitory control deficit was the best predictor of attention problems and aggressive behavior. On the contrary, an emotional control deficit was the best predictor of both symptoms of problem behaviors. In conclusion, the executive function plays a significant role in problem behaviors among juvenile delinquents. Thus early prevention based on both inhibitory and emotional controls component must be considered in three different settings such as family, school, and community. Thorough consideration in developing and inserting these two executive function components also are much needed in an educational setting as it is where adolescents spend much of the time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-20
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Recent Technology and Engineering
Volume8
Issue number2 Special Issue 10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019

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Keywords

  • Delinquency
  • Emotion
  • Inhibition
  • Problem behavior

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  • Engineering(all)
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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Inhibitory and emotional control deficits as predictors of symptoms of problem behaviors among juvenile delinquents. / Badayai, Abdul Rahman Ahmad; Khairudin, Rozainee; Sulaiman, Wan Shahrazad Wan.

In: International Journal of Recent Technology and Engineering, Vol. 8, No. 2 Special Issue 10, 09.2019, p. 16-20.

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