ERIC Number: EJ954746
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Children's Depressive Symptoms in Relation to EEG Frontal Asymmetry and Maternal Depression
Feng, Xin; Forbes, Erika E.; Kovacs, Maria; George, Charles J.; Lopez-Duran, Nestor L.; Fox, Nathan A.; Cohn, Jeffrey F.
Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, v40 n2 p265-276 Feb 2012
This study examined the relations of school-age children's depressive symptoms, frontal EEG asymmetry, and maternal history of childhood-onset depression (COD). Participants were 73 children, 43 of whom had mothers with COD. Children's EEG was recorded at baseline and while watching happy and sad film clips. Depressive symptoms were measured using parent-report of Children's Depression Inventory. The key findings are the interaction effects between baseline and film frontal EEG asymmetry on child depressive symptoms. Specifically, relative right frontal EEG asymmetry while watching happy or sad film clip was associated with elevated depressive symptoms for children who also exhibited right frontal EEG asymmetry at baseline. Results suggest that right frontal EEG asymmetry that is consistent across situations may be an marker of depression-prone children.
Descriptors: Children, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Depression (Psychology), Brain Hemisphere Functions, Diagnostic Tests, Films, Psychological Patterns, Parent Attitudes, Measures (Individuals), Mothers, Correlation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Childrens Depression Inventory