Mood symptoms and emotional responsiveness to threat in school-aged children

Jessica L. Borelli, David A Sbarra, Michael J. Crowley, Linda C. Mayes

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Abstract

Clinical accounts of depression underscore its relation to negative emotional experiences; yet few empirical studies examine emotional experiences in adults with depression, with even less work on depression and emotion in children. Using a nonclinical sample of school-aged children (n=89) ages 8 to 12, this study evaluated whether greater mood symptoms were associated with more or less intense emotional reactions (measured via psychophysiology, subjective report, and behavior) in response to a threat paradigm. Results indicated that greater negative mood symptoms were associated with larger startle magnitude responses during threat, increased self-reports of negative emotion, and greater likelihood of crying and stopping the paradigm prematurely.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)220-232
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Volume40
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2011

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  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Mood symptoms and emotional responsiveness to threat in school-aged children. / Borelli, Jessica L.; Sbarra, David A; Crowley, Michael J.; Mayes, Linda C.

In: Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Vol. 40, No. 2, 03.2011, p. 220-232.

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Borelli, Jessica L. ; Sbarra, David A ; Crowley, Michael J. ; Mayes, Linda C. / Mood symptoms and emotional responsiveness to threat in school-aged children. In: Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. 2011 ; Vol. 40, No. 2. pp. 220-232.
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