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J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 2011;40(2):220-32. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2011.546047.

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

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Department of Psychology, Pomona College, Claremont, CA 91711, USA. Jessica.borelli@pomona.edu

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.

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21391019
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PMC3073085
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10.1080/15374416.2011.546047
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