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Anxiety Stress Coping. 2020 Jan;33(1):100-114. doi: 10.1080/10615806.2019.1695124. Epub 2019 Dec 9.

Sluggish cognitive tempo and exposure to interpersonal trauma in children.

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Suffolk University Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program, Boston, USA.
Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute.
University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, USA.
Department of Psychiatry, McLean Hospital, Belmont, USA.


Background: Childhood adversity has been suggested, but not yet empirically examined, as a factor in sluggish cognitive tempo (SCT) in childhood.Objective: This study was an examination of SCT in relation to childhood adversity, and its association with exposure to non-interpersonal and interpersonal trauma.Method: Caregivers (N = 161) and a sub-sample of children, 8-17 years old, were recruited from mental health and pediatric practices/programs and interviewed.Results: SCT was positively associated with interpersonal trauma but not non-interpersonal trauma. Two hierarchical regression analyses revealed that interpersonal trauma exposure was associated with SCT score over and above symptoms of other psychopathologies.Conclusion: Results suggest that SCT is associated with interpersonal trauma exposure in children. Further research is needed to examine the association between SCT and interpersonal trauma exposure, and trauma-related biopsychosocial impairments.


Trauma; adolescents; children; interpersonal; sluggish cognitive tempo

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