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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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
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology


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