This course is based upon material published in the Journal of Children and Family Studies and is available as an open access article through Springer.
This study investigated relationships between attachment insecurity, maladaptive cognitive schemas, and various types of psychopathological symptoms in a sample of clinically referred adolescents (N = 82). A mediation model was tested in which maladaptive schemas operated as mediators in the relations between indices of attachment quality and conduct, peer, and emotional problems. Results revealed partial support for the hypothesized mediation effect: the schema domain of disconnection/rejection acted as a mediator in the links between insecure attachment and peer problems and emotional problems. Further analysis of these effects revealed that different types of maladaptive schemas were involved in both types of psychopathology. Altogether, findings suggest that treatment of adolescent psychological problems may need to target the improvement of attachment relationships with peers and parents and the correction of underlying cognitive schemas.
This course on psychopathological symptoms in adolescents is designed for social workers, psychologists, nurses, and professional counselors who do clinical work. This course is appropriate for beginning, intermediate and advanced level practitioners who wish to develop their understanding of attachment and psychopathological symptoms in adolescents. It may also be useful for licensed clinicians who require clinical continuing education courses for license renewal.
The course is based on a journal article which includes research. As such it contains statistical analysis and data which some clinicians enjoy reading and others do not. One of the benefits of reading research based articles for continuing education is that it allows the practitioner to keep current on the latest findings in their field.
Authors: Roelofs, Onckels and Muris
Learning Objectives: This course will provide the practitioner with detailed information regarding attachment quality and psychopathological symptoms in clinically referred adolescents. Specifically, a professional will:
· Describe the relationship between attachment insecurity, maladaptive cognitive schemas and psychopathological symptoms in adolescents
· Identify how maladaptive symptoms may mediate between attachment quality and conduct problems
· Identify which types of maladaptive schemas are involved in psychopathology
Citation: Roelofs, Onckels and Muris. (2013). Attachment Quality and Psychopathological Symptoms in Clinically Referred Adolescents: The Mediating Role
of Early Maladaptive Schema. Journal of Children and Family Studies. 22:377–385 379