Effects of Trauma on Comorbidity and Emotion Recognition in Antisocial Adolescents
Previous research has shown that comorbidity and maltreatment history are related to emotion recognition in adolescents with externalizing problems. Nonetheless, the combined influence of these factors has rarely been investigated. Therefore, the present study examined the effect of trauma on the association between comorbid internalizing problems and emotion recognition in 61 adolescents, living in residential youth care facilities. The results showed that there was no difference in overall emotion recognition accuracy or latency between adolescents with externalizing disorders and a history of trauma, compared to those without a history of trauma. Furthermore, there was no interaction effect of trauma and comorbid internalizing disorders on overall emotion recognition accuracy or latency. However, when emotions were examined separately, it was found that adolescents with externalizing and internalizing disorders were significantly faster in recognizing anger than those with externalizing disorders only. Implications and suggestions for future research are discussed.
Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen