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date: 14 August 2020

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Relations between cognition and behavior have been at the center of many discussions/debates among researchers interested in externalizing psychopathology. This chapter focuses on links among low intelligence, executive function deficits, and externalizing behavior. The authors first provide a historical overview, followed by a review of studies on traditional approaches to externalizing behavior problems, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorder, delinquency, antisocial personality disorder, and substance use disorders. Next, current research trends are presented, with a focus on recent research that explores how comorbidity among disorders, specific symptoms, and specific traits associated with externalizing spectrum disorders are related to cognitive impairments. Developmental considerations are then examined. The chapter closes with some proposed avenues to guide future study of cognition and externalizing behaviors.

Keywords: cognition, IQ, executive function, externalizing, developmental

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