Heart period and variability findings in preschool children with posttraumatic stress symptoms.

@article{Scheeringa2004HeartPA,
  title={Heart period and variability findings in preschool children with posttraumatic stress symptoms.},
  author={Michael S. Scheeringa and Charles H. Zeanah and Leann Myers and Frank Putnam},
  journal={Biological psychiatry},
  year={2004},
  volume={55 7},
  pages={685-91}
}
BACKGROUND Traumatic experiences for young children might result in profound neurodevelopmental changes, compared with adults. Our aim was to examine autonomic control of heart rate in traumatized young children. METHODS Sixty-two children who had suffered traumas and 62 nontraumatized control children, aged 20 months to 6 years, were assessed for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, interbeat interval, respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA), family rehearsal of the trauma, and parent… CONTINUE READING
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