Host: Prof. Shuai Liu, East China Normal University
Behavioral problems are prevalent in school-aged children and commonly take forms of internalizing and externalizing problems. Internalizing problems are characterized by depressive moods, anxiety, and social withdrawal, whereas externalizing problems are characterized by frequent and high levels of aggressive and delinquent behavior. In this talk, I will review relevant literature on behavior problems, and share our recent longitudinal studies examining proximal risks factors, inferior executive function and social skills in particular, associated with the development of internalizing and externalizing problems in grade school.
Yiji Wang is a Professor of Developmental Psychology at the School of Psychology and Cognitive Science, East China Normal University. Her current research interests center on two topics: 1) how environmental risk factors (e.g. maternal depression, school bullying) affect child and youth development; and 2) the development of internalizing and externalizing problems at various age groups. She has been supported by grants from the National Natural Science Foundation of China and the National Social Science Fund of China. Her research was published in top journals, such as Child Development, Developmental Psychology, and Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.