Cognitive and intellectual performance of children with borderline intellectual functioning: An explorative study

Bastianina Contena, Margherita Lang, Valeria Scandurra, Maria Rosaria Scordo, Rosetta Storino, Stefano Taddei

Accepted April 30, 2017

First published April 30, 2017


Borderline Intellectual Functioning (BIF) is often investigated with other clinical conditions, but little it is known about the cognitive functioning of children with this intellectual performance. Methods: Starting from the scientific debate about the relationship between intellectual performance and executive and cognitive functioning, the present study uses the Planning, Attention, Simultaneous and Successive (PASS) theory to explore the cognitive functioning of 28 children with BIF. Results: Results suggest the presence of weaknesses in the verbal domain of intelligence and in the cognitive profile, particularly concerning Planning and Attention. Conclusions: The cognitive functioning is discussed in its relationship with the different profiles and the behavioral problems associated.


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Contena Bastianina. Lang Margherita. Scandurra Valeria. Scordo Maria Rosaria. Storino Rosetta. Taddei Stefano. Cognitive and intellectual performance of children with borderline intellectual functioning: An explorative study. BPA Applied Psychology Bulletin. 2017;278(1):24-35.