Aggression and cardiovascular response in children

Kerri M. Schneider, Linda Nicolotti, Alan Delamater

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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 (US)
Pages (from-to)565-573
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of pediatric psychology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 2002


  • Aggression
  • Cardiovascular response
  • Children

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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