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Exclusion Expected? Cardiac Slowing Upon Peer Exclusion Links Preschool Parent Representations to School-Age Peer Relationships

White, LO and Bornemann, B and Crowley, MJ and Sticca, F and Vrtička, P and Stadelmann, S and Otto, Y and Klein, AM and von Klitzing, K (2021) 'Exclusion Expected? Cardiac Slowing Upon Peer Exclusion Links Preschool Parent Representations to School-Age Peer Relationships.' Child Development. ISSN 0009-3920

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Abstract

Attachment theory proposes that children’s representations of interactions with caregivers guide information-processing about others, bridging interpersonal domains. In a longitudinal study (N = 165), preschoolers (M  = 5.19 years) completed the MacArthur Story Stem Battery to assess parent representations. At school-age (M  = 8.42 years), children played a virtual ballgame with peers who eventually excluded them to track event-related cardiac slowing, a physiological correlate of rejection, especially when unexpected. At both ages, parents and teachers reported on peer and emotional problems. During exclusion versus inclusion-related events, cardiac slowing was associated with greater positive parent representations and fewer emerging peer problems. Cardiac slowing served as a mediator between positive parent representations and peer problems, supporting a potential psychophysiological mechanism underlying the generalization of attachment-related representations to peer relationships. age age

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2021 11:32
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2021 08:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/29468

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