The role of strengths in anger and conduct problems in maltreated adolescents

Go, Monica, Chi, Meng Chu, Barlas, Joanna, and Chng, Grace S. (2017) The role of strengths in anger and conduct problems in maltreated adolescents. Child Abuse and Neglect, 67. pp. 22-31.

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Despite multi-type maltreatment, some individuals demonstrate positive adaptation and continue to develop in a healthy way. A multitude of strength factors have been linked to adaptive functioning and resilience, but this has not been adequately examined in maltreated adolescent’s psychosocial functioning. This study sought to examine the role of strengths such as having talents/interests, family relationships, educational support, the role of the recognition and application of these strengths, and the role of multi-type maltreatment on anger control and conduct problems. One hundred and thirty participants (61 males; 69 females) aged 13–19 years old were rated using the Singapore version of Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) tool. The results revealed that certain strengths were associated with anger and conduct problems, but the recognition and application of strengths emerged as a consistently significant predictor for both outcomes. Hence, to understand and apply one’s strengths may be equally as important as merely possessing those strengths. This study extends current understanding of the importance of strengths with a group of maltreated adolescents in an Asian context. Adopting a person-centered and strength-based approach will further enhance the effectiveness of interventions and improve outcomes for maltreated adolescents living in residential care.

Item ID: 49082
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-7757
Keywords: maltreatment; strengths; adolescents; protective factors; anger; conduct problems
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2017 00:44
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5203 Clinical and health psychology > 520304 Health psychology @ 25%
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520101 Child and adolescent development @ 75%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services @ 100%
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