Aggression and cardiovascular response in children

Kerri M. Schneider, Linda Nicolotti, Alan M Delamater

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Abstract

Objective: To examine cardiovascular response as a function of children's aggression after controlling for the effects of known risk factors. Method: Participants were 140 children in second, fourth, and sixth grades. Teachers completed the Matthews Youth Test for Health, a measure that includes questions pertaining to children's aggression. Measures of blood pressure and heart rate were obtained during baseline, academic quiz, and recovery. Results: Increasing age and body mass index were associated with increased cardiovascular responses. Aggressive children exhibited higher heart rates at baseline and lower heart rate reactivity. Aggressive children with a positive parent history of hypertension exhibited the greatest cardiovascular response. Conclusions: These results provide further support for the identification of behavioral factors that increase cardiovascular risk in children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)565-573
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Pediatric Psychology
Volume27
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2002

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Keywords

  • Aggression
  • Cardiovascular response
  • Children

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  • Psychology(all)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Aggression and cardiovascular response in children. / Schneider, Kerri M.; Nicolotti, Linda; Delamater, Alan M.

In: Journal of Pediatric Psychology, Vol. 27, No. 7, 01.10.2002, p. 565-573.

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Schneider, Kerri M. ; Nicolotti, Linda ; Delamater, Alan M. / Aggression and cardiovascular response in children. In: Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2002 ; Vol. 27, No. 7. pp. 565-573.
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