Attentional bias for emotional faces in children with generalized anxiety disorder

Waters, Allison M., Mogg, Karin, Bradley, Brendan P. and Pine, Daniel S. (2008) Attentional bias for emotional faces in children with generalized anxiety disorder. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 47, (4), 435-442. (doi:10.1097/CHI.0b013e3181642992).

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Objective: To examine attentional bias for angry and happy faces in 7- to 12-year-old children with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD; n = 23) and nonanxious controls (n = 25).

Method: Children completed a visual probe task in which pairs of face stimuli were displayed for 500 milliseconds and were replaced by a visual probe in the spatial location of one of the faces.

Results: Severely anxious children with GAD showed an attentional bias toward both angry and happy faces. Children with GAD with a milder level of anxiety and nonanxious controls did not show an attentional bias toward emotional faces. Moreover, within the GAD group, attentional bias for angry faces was associated with increased anxiety severity and the presence of social phobia.

Conclusions: Biased attention toward threat as a function of increased severity in pediatric GAD may reflect differing threat appraisal processes or emotion regulation strategies.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1097/CHI.0b013e3181642992
ISSNs: 0890-8567 (print)
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Subjects: R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Psychology > Division of Clinical Neuroscience
ePrint ID: 57713
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
April 2008Published
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:38

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