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Lifespan-developmental differences in physiologic reactivity to loud tones in trauma victims: a pilot study


Maercker, Andreas; Karl, Anke (2003). Lifespan-developmental differences in physiologic reactivity to loud tones in trauma victims: a pilot study. Psychological Reports, 93(3 Pt 1):941-948.

Abstract

Age at exposure to trauma has been identified as a risk factor for severity of trauma sequelae due to the developmental vulnerability of several brain structures involved in trauma processing. To investigate whether persons traumatized in adolescence show elevated arousal and startle reaction parameters, we studied persons traumatized by political imprisonment in the former East Germany either in their late adolescence or young adulthood (17-22 years, n=9) or middle adulthood (35-50 years, n=6). Physiological reactions (skin conductance, heart rate) to loud tones and self-report tests were measured. Covariance analysis yielded one significant difference, mean skin conductance response, with a higher mean for the younger group. Results are discussed in light of its limitations and further prospects.

Abstract

Age at exposure to trauma has been identified as a risk factor for severity of trauma sequelae due to the developmental vulnerability of several brain structures involved in trauma processing. To investigate whether persons traumatized in adolescence show elevated arousal and startle reaction parameters, we studied persons traumatized by political imprisonment in the former East Germany either in their late adolescence or young adulthood (17-22 years, n=9) or middle adulthood (35-50 years, n=6). Physiological reactions (skin conductance, heart rate) to loud tones and self-report tests were measured. Covariance analysis yielded one significant difference, mean skin conductance response, with a higher mean for the younger group. Results are discussed in light of its limitations and further prospects.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Language:English
Date:2003
Deposited On:31 Oct 2012 10:48
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 15:58
Publisher:Ammons Scientific
ISSN:0033-2941
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.2466/pr0.2003.93.3.941
PubMed ID:14723466

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