Article

Attention-training with children from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds in Cape Town

Published in: Journal of Child & Adolescent Mental Health
Volume 29, issue 2, 2017, pages: 147–167
DOI: 10.2989/17280583.2017.1372285
Author(s): Leigh E Schrieff-ElsonACSENT Laboratory, Department of Psychology, South Africa, Ju-Reyn H OckhuizenACSENT Laboratory, Department of Psychology, South Africa, Genevieve DuringACSENT Laboratory, Department of Psychology, South Africa, Kevin G. F. ThomasACSENT Laboratory, Department of Psychology, South Africa

Abstract

Objective: Attention is a core process underlying competence in higher-order cognitive abilities. Previous research suggests that healthy children from low socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds perform poorly, relative to those from higher SES backgrounds, on tasks assessing attentional abilities. In this pilot study, we investigated the effects of an attention-training intervention on task performance in low-SES children.

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