ERIC Number: EJ794999
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Reference Count: 37
Problem Behavior and Heart Rate Reactivity in Adopted Adolescents: Longitudinal and Concurrent Relations
Bimmel, Nicole; van IJzendoorn, Marinus H.; Bakermans-Kranenburg, Marian J.; Juffer, Femmie; De Geus, Eco J. C.
Journal of Research on Adolescence, v18 n2 p201-214 Jun 2008
The present longitudinal study examined resting heart rate and heart rate variability and reactivity to a stressful gambling task in adopted adolescents with aggressive, delinquent, or internalizing behavior problems and adopted adolescents without behavior problems (total N=151). Early-onset delinquent adolescents showed heart rate "hypo"reactivity to the stress-eliciting gambling task compared to late-onset delinquent adolescents and adolescents without behavior problems. Heart rate, heart rate variability, and reactivity to stress were not related to environmental factors such as early-childhood parental sensitivity, parental socioeconomic status, or adoptee's health status at arrival. We conclude that the distinction between delinquency and aggression and between childhood-onset and adolescence-onset delinquency is important for the study of stress reactivity in adolescents.
Descriptors: Metabolism, Behavior Problems, Delinquency, Health Conditions, Adolescents, Adoption, Longitudinal Studies, Task Analysis, Stress Variables, Comparative Analysis, Aggression, Physiology
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