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A Comparison of an Emotion Understanding Training Program and a Social Skills Training Program on Emotion Recognition Functions in Children with ADHD

  • THE KOREAN JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
  • 2019, 32(3), pp.1-20
  • DOI : 10.35574/KJDP.2019.09.32.3.1
  • Publisher : The Korean Society For Developmental Psychology
  • Research Area : Social Science > Psychological Science
  • Received : July 15, 2019
  • Accepted : September 4, 2019
  • Published : September 15, 2019

sarah choe 1 So-Yeon Kim 1

1덕성여자대학교

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ABSTRACT

We tested the effects of two training programs on emotion recognition functions in children with ADHD. For children with ADHD (9 to 13 years old), an Emotion Understanding Training Program (EUTP) and a Social Skills Training Program (SSTP) were administered for 10 weeks (60 minutes per session, once a week). All participants were tested for their emotion recognition abilities and behavioral problems before and after the programs. Results revealed no significant difference in self-reported emotion recognition and expression scores between EUTP and SSTP groups after the programs. However, significant differences were found between the two groups on emotion recognition sensitivity for positive emotion, as measured by a dynamic facial emotion morphing task. That is, children in the EUTP group showed significant improvement in emotion recognition sensitivity in responding to happy faces, whereas children in the SSTP group failed to show such improvement. Finally, both group showed reduced behavioral problems after training. Based on such findings, implications and limitations of this study and future research directions were discussed.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.