What do you think you're looking at? Investigating social cognition in young offenders

Jones, Alice P.; Forster, Alice S. and Skuse, David. 2007. What do you think you're looking at? Investigating social cognition in young offenders. Criminal Behaviour & Mental Health, 17(2), pp. 101-106. ISSN 0957-9664 [Article]

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Aim: This small study was designed to assess the nature and severity of social-cognitive deficits in antisocial adolescents.
Method: Thirty-seven boys aged 15-18 from a Young Offenders Institute and Community College participated. They were asked to complete a test of general intellectual ability and self-rating of social competence as well as tasks from the Skuse Schedules for the Assessment of Social Intelligence.
Results: Young offenders were poor at recognizing the facial expression of anger, regardless of intellectual ability. They could not accurately identify the direction of another's eye gaze. Their performance on theory of mind tasks, however, was unimpaired.
Conclusion: These preliminary findings imply selective impairment in the cognitive appraisal of threat, which may contribute to social maladjustment. Further such study of social cognition among young offenders is indicated.

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12 February 2007Published Online
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