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ERIC Number: EJ942527
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 85
ISSN: ISSN-0973-1342
Childhood Psychopathology and Autonomic Dysregulation: Exploring the Links Using Heart Rate Variability
Srinivasan, Krishnamachari
Journal of Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, v3 n4 p96-104 2007
Changes in cardiovascular reactivity have been used as a psychophysiological marker of various emotional states in both children and adults. Recent decades have seen increasing use of heart rate variability as a non-invasive marker of cardiac autonomic function and of central processes involved in autonomic function regulation. Developmental research has linked cardiac vagal tone to an individual's responsivity to environmental challenges and a decrease in vagal component of heart rate variability may reflect deficiencies in emotional regulatory system. Studies with children and adolescents suggest that attenuated cardiac vagal function is seen in various pathophysiological conditions characterised by emotional dysregulation. Thus, alteration in cardiac vagal modulation may be the common mechanism underpinning the association between negative affective states, emotional dysregulation and risk for cardiac disease.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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