The effects of children's proximity-seeking to maternal attachment figures during mild stress exposure on mood and physiological responses: An experimental study
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SourceSocial Development, 28, 2, (2019), pp. 364-382
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SW OZ BSI KLP
SubjectExperimental Psychopathology and Treatment
In this study we investigated the effects of seeking versus avoiding proximity to mother on children's emotional recovery from a stressor. Sixty children 9-12 years underwent a moodinduction procedure and were randomly assigned to seek proximity from or avoid an image of their mothers. The effect of this manipulation on children's self-reported negative emotions, skin conductance and heart rate variability (respiratory sinus arhythmia) was assessed. Higher levels of attachment anxiety were linked to more self-reported sadness when children had to avoid mother, but no evidence for such an effect was found on a physiological level. For avoidant attachment, a similar pattern of results emerged, but both for self-reported sadness and skin conductance.
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