Title: Heart rate responses to parental behavior in depressed adolescents
Authors: Allen, Nicholas B. ×
Kuppens, Peter
Sheeber, Lisa B. #
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: North-Holland Pub.
Series Title: Biological Psychology vol:90 issue:1 pages:80-87
Abstract: In order to more fully understand the abnormalities in emotional responding associated with adolescent depression we examined clinically depressed and non-depressed adolescents’ physiological responses to their parents’ negative emotional behavior, as indexed by their heart rate responses to parental angry and dysphoric behavior during laboratory-based interactions. Maternal angry and dysphoric behavior predicted heart rate deceleration amongst non-depressed adolescents, a response that was not observed in
depressed adolescents. Fathers’ angry behavior predicted significant heart rate acceleration in depressed (but not non-depressed) adolescents, whereas fathers’ dysphoric behavior predicted heart rate deceleration amongst depressed but not amongst non-depressed adolescents. These findings are interpreted within the framework of orienting and defense cardiac responses, and suggest that reactivity in adolescent depression is characterized by the absence of a normative orienting response toward aversive maternal behaviors, and a defensive physiological response to aggressive paternal behavior.
ISSN: 0301-0511
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Quantitative Psychology and Individual Differences
× corresponding author
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