'They are out of control': Self-perceptions, risk-taking and attributional style of adolescents with SEBDs

Pam Maras, Mark Brosnan, Nathan Faulkner, Tony Montgomery, Pedro Vital

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Fifty-six secondary school students with and without social emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBDs) completed self-report measures of their strengths and difficulties, self-concept and social identity, cognitive attributional style and participated in computer-based tests of risk-taking and impulsivity. Contrary to common understanding, the students with SEBDs made realistic estimations of their difficulties and were as able to make attributions as their peers without SEBDs; though they tended to attribute negative events internally significantly more often than did students without SEBDs. No differences were found between the two groups in terms of risk-taking as measured on a computer-based test. Implications of these findings for identification of and working with students with SEBDs are considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-298
Number of pages18
JournalEmotional and Behavioural Difficulties
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2006


  • Attributional style
  • Behaviour
  • SEBDs
  • Self-perception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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