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Infants and Toddlers Remembering and Forgetting of a Stressful Medical Procedure
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm , Centre for Clinical Research, County of Västmanland.
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2009 (English)In: Journal of Pediatric Psychology, ISSN 0146-8693, E-ISSN 1465-735X, Vol. 34, no 2, 205-216 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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ObjectiveTo examine whether a distressing medical procedure leaves lasting impressions in young childrens memories.MethodsChildren 12- to 78-weeks old (N 172) received inhalation treatment through a face mask or underwent other interventions at a pediatric emergency department. They were randomized to be presented with neutral cues and cues from the inhalation 1 week or 6 months after the target event. Childrens reactions at cue presentation were scored from videotapes.ResultsAcross the age span tested, children treated with inhalation showed higher distress than controls when presented with cues from inhalation 1 week, but not 6 months after target treatment.ConclusionsStress during medical procedures in preverbal children may develop as a result of prior experience of such procedures. These memories typically seem to fade within 6 months.

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2009. Vol. 34, no 2, 205-216 p.
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memory, preverbal children, stressful medical procedure
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-139798DOI: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsn066ISI: 000263604600010PubMedID: 18573809OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-139798DiVA: diva2:382062
Available from: 2010-12-29 Created: 2010-12-29 Last updated: 2011-05-13Bibliographically approved

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