Volume 14, Issue 4 (Winter 2009)                   IJPCP 2009, 14(4): 404-410 | Back to browse issues page

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Shafiee H, Goodarzi M A, Taghavi S M R. The Influence of Trait Anxiety in Children on Attentional Biases for Emotional Faces. IJPCP. 2009; 14 (4) :404-410
URL: http://ijpcp.iums.ac.ir/article-1-610-en.html
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Objectives: The aim of this study was to examine the effect of trait anxiety in children, on attentional biases to emotional facial expressions (angry, happy, neutral). Method: 30 children with high trait anxiety and 30 children with low trait anxiety were selected using Trait Anxiety Inventory for Children and a semi-structured interview. The participants completed the Pictorial Version of the Modified Dot-probe Task. Data were analyzed using multifactor analysis of variance and repeated measures analysis of variance. Results: This study showed that the interaction between trait anxiety and scores of attentional bias, are significant only for angry facial expressions (p<0.001) and are not significant for other facial expressions. Also, the level of trait anxiety has a positive significant correlation with scores of attentional bias toward angry faces (p<0.001). Conclusion: Children with high anxiety traits show a significant vigilance toward angry faces, while children with low anxiety traits show an attentional bias away from the same faces.

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Type of Study: Original Research | Subject: Psychiatry and Psychology
Received: 2009/03/25

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