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Citation

Burack JA, Flanagan T, Peled T, Sutton HM, Zygmuntowicz C, Manly JT. Dev. Psychol. 2006; 42(2): 207-217.

Affiliation

Department of Educational Psychology, McGill University and Hôpital Rivière-des-Prairies, Montreal, PQ, Canada. jake.burack@mcgill.ca

Copyright

(Copyright © 2006, American Psychological Association)

DOI

10.1037/0012-1649.42.2.207

PMID

16569161

Abstract

The primary goal of this study was to assess the ability of maltreated school-age children and adolescents to understand the thoughts, feelings, and points of view of others. Level of egocentrism and social perspective-taking coordination were assessed in a group of 49 maltreated and 49 demographically matched nonmaltreated children. Twenty-six elementary and 23 high school students in each group were individually interviewed and their responses to hypothetical interpersonal situations coded for egocentricity and level of perspective-taking ability. The findings revealed that maltreated children and adolescents were more egocentric and delayed in their social perspective-taking development than their nonmaltreated peers and that they reported lower levels of global self-worth. However, differences within the group of maltreated children and adolescents emerged with regard to negotiating novel relationships, as those with fewer internalizing or externalizing symptoms exhibited better skills in this area than their peers who displayed more symptoms.


Language: en

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