Social information processing skills in youth with mild to borderline intelligence (WC2012-077)


Starting date: 01/11/2012

Social information processing in youth with and without Mild to Borderline Intellectual Disabilities (MBID): The development of a new diagnostic instrument.

Social information processing is found to play an important role in youth with (severe) externalizing behavior problems, both with and without MBID. Deviant social information processing is related to abnormal, antisocial and aggressive behavior.

The Social Information Processing theory (SIP theory) consists of several successive stages: Encoding, Problem Recognition, Interpretation, Goals, Generation, Evaluation and Selection of responses. Problems in one stage of SIP require a different treatment, than problems in another.

In this project we develop a new diagnostic instrument that measures all stages of SIP, and provides insight into the core problems of SIP in an individual, which could be responsible for the behavior problems of that individual. The instrument will be used in several youth care institutes for youth with MBID, and can help to prevent or treat the (severe) behavior problems these youth and their environment are faced with.