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

Academic Article


  • 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. © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
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    Author List

  • Borelli JL; Sbarra DA; Crowley MJ; Mayes LC
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  • 220
  • End Page

  • 232
  • Volume

  • 40
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  • 2