Selective processing of negative emotional information in children and adolescents with Generalized Anxiety Disorder

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

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Abstract

Objectives. Research investigating attentional bias for emotional information using the modified Stroop task in younger anxious populations has produced equivocal results. The present data investigated the replicability in younger participants of the prototypical adult finding of Mathews and MacLeod (1985) with patients with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). Method. A sample of 19 child and adolescent patients with GAD and 19 controls completed the modified Stroop paradigm with threat, depression-related, positive and neutral words. Results. The data revealed a selective Stroop interference effect for negative emotional information in the GAD patients, relative to the performance of the controls. Conclusions. The results provide evidence of a modified Stroop effect for negative emotional material in children and adolescents with GAD, suggesting that modified Stroop processing in younger generally anxious populations broadly mirrors the profile of results in adults.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221 - 230
Number of pages10
JournalBritish Journal of Clinical Psychology
Volume42
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2003

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