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Löytömäki, J., Laakso, ML. & Huttunen, K. Social-Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties in Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Emotion Perception in Daily Life and in a Formal Assessment Context. J Autism Dev Disord 53, 4744–4758 (2023).

Social-emotional and behavioural difficulties in children with neurodevelopmental disorders : emotion perception in daily life and in a formal assessment context

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Author: Löytömäki, Joanna1; Laakso, Marja-Leena2; Huttunen, Kerttu1,3,4
Organizations: 1Faculty of Humanities/Research Unit of Logopedics, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 1000, 90014, Oulun yliopisto, Finland
2Department of Education, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland PL 35, 40014, Jyvaskylan yliopisto, Finland
3Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland
4Medical Research Center Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-10-07


Children with neurodevelopmental disorders often have social-emotional and behavioural difficulties. The present study explored these difficulties in children (n = 50, aged 6–10 years) with autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and developmental language disorder. Parents, teachers and therapists evaluated children’s social-emotional and behavioural difficulties through a self-devised questionnaire and the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire. Additionally, the children, along with their typically developing age peers (n = 106), completed six emotion discrimination tasks. Analysis revealed some impaired emotion discrimination skills that were predictive for behavioural challenges in daily life and associated with the parent-reported existence of friends. Timely intervention in these children is needed, and it should also include emotion perception training.

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Series: Journal of autism and developmental disorders
ISSN: 0162-3257
ISSN-E: 1573-3432
ISSN-L: 0162-3257
Volume: 53
Pages: 4744 - 4758
DOI: 10.1007/s10803-022-05768-9
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 6121 Languages
Funding: Open Access funding provided by University of Oulu including Oulu University Hospital. This study was financed in part by Social Security Institute of Finland (by a grant to the research group led by K.H.), Foundation of Odd Fellows Barnfonden (to K.H.), Finnish Association of Speech Therapists (to J.L.), TOP Foundation (to J.L.), Research Foundation of the Mannerheim League for Child Welfare (to J.L.), The Finnish Cultural Foundation: Häme Regional Fund (to J.L.) and Otto A. Malm Foundation (to J.L.). This financial support is gratefully acknowledged.
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