Developmental Relations Among Behavioral Inhibition, Anxiety, and Attention Biases to Threat and Positive Information

Lauren K. White, Kathryn A. Degnan, Heather A. Henderson, Koraly Elisa Perez-Edgar, Olga L. Walker, Tomer Shechner, Ellen Leibenluft, Yair Bar-Haim, Daniel S. Pine, Nathan A. Fox

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Abstract

This study examined relations between behavioral inhibition (BI) assessed in toddlerhood (n = 268) and attention biases (AB) to threat and positive faces and maternal-reported anxiety assessed when children were 5- and 7-year-old. Results revealed that BI predicted anxiety at age 7 in children with AB toward threat, away from positive, or with no bias, at age 7; BI did not predict anxiety for children displaying AB away from threat or toward positive. Five-year AB did not moderate the link between BI and 7-year anxiety. No direct association between AB and BI or anxiety was detected; moreover, children did not show stable AB across development. These findings extend our understanding of the developmental links among BI, AB, and anxiety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-155
Number of pages15
JournalChild development
Volume88
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

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White, Lauren K. ; Degnan, Kathryn A. ; Henderson, Heather A. ; Perez-Edgar, Koraly Elisa ; Walker, Olga L. ; Shechner, Tomer ; Leibenluft, Ellen ; Bar-Haim, Yair ; Pine, Daniel S. ; Fox, Nathan A. / Developmental Relations Among Behavioral Inhibition, Anxiety, and Attention Biases to Threat and Positive Information. In: Child development. 2017 ; Vol. 88, No. 1. pp. 141-155.
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Developmental Relations Among Behavioral Inhibition, Anxiety, and Attention Biases to Threat and Positive Information. / White, Lauren K.; Degnan, Kathryn A.; Henderson, Heather A.; Perez-Edgar, Koraly Elisa; Walker, Olga L.; Shechner, Tomer; Leibenluft, Ellen; Bar-Haim, Yair; Pine, Daniel S.; Fox, Nathan A.

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