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Infants' and toddlers' remembering and forgetting of a stressful medical procedure.
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2009 (English)In: Journal of Pediatric Psychology, ISSN 0146-8693, E-ISSN 1465-735X, Vol. 34, no 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVE: To examine whether a distressing medical procedure leaves lasting impressions in young children's memories.

METHODS: Children 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. Children's reactions at cue presentation were scored from videotapes.

RESULTS: Across 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.

CONCLUSIONS: Stress 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
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-111353DOI: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsn066PubMedID: 18573809OAI: diva2:869436
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