Lack of attentional bias for emotional information in clinically depressed children and adolescents on the dot probe task

H T Neshat-Doost, A R Moradi, M R Taghavi, W Yule, T Dalgleish

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Abstract

The present study utilised a cognitive paradigm to investigate attentional biases in clinically depressed children and adolescents. Two groups of children and adolescents-clinically depressed (N = 19) and normal controls (N = 26)-were asked to complete a computerised version of the attentional dot probe paradigm similar to that used by MacLeod, Mathews, and Tata (1986). Results provided no support for an attentional bias, either toward depression-related words or threat words, in the depressed group. This finding is discussed in the context of cognitive theories of anxiety and depression.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363 - 368
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Volume41
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2000

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