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See detailDiscourses of sexual relationships in a sample of German and British young people: A Q methodological study
Franz, Anke; Worrell, Marcia; Vögele, Claus UL

in Culture, Health and Sexuality (2016), 18(4), 391-404

Young people live in an environment, which sexualises young people, particularly women, along traditional gender roles. This, in parallel with a silence about positive sexuality in policy development ... [more ▼]

Young people live in an environment, which sexualises young people, particularly women, along traditional gender roles. This, in parallel with a silence about positive sexuality in policy development, means that sexual double standards prevail in young people’s lives. The aim of this study was to explore the discourses young women and men from two European countries, Germany and England, draw on when making sense of sexual relationships, and how these are steeped in the local cultural climate and messages. The study used Q methodology and included 65 German and English young people between 16 and 19 years of age. Six accounts emerged: sex as responsible, intimate and shared experience; sex as joint fun; ideal versus reality; sex has to be responsible, consensual and shared; caring relationships offer the perfect context for fulfilling sex; and equality between partners. The importance of cultural context in the availability of specific dominant and alternative discourses is discussed with a focus on how this influences young people’s sense-making with regard to sexuality and sexual relationships. Future directions for research are highlighted. [less ▲]

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See detailVerhaltensmedizinische Modelle bei körperlicher Erkrankung
Vögele, Claus UL; Schulz, André UL

in Psychotherapie im Dialog (2016), 17(1), 30-33

Die Annahme, dass psychische Faktoren zur Entwicklung körperlicher Krankheiten beitragen könnten, hat eine lange Tradition in den Gesundheitswissenschaften. Verschiedene Teildisziplinen der Psychologie ... [more ▼]

Die Annahme, dass psychische Faktoren zur Entwicklung körperlicher Krankheiten beitragen könnten, hat eine lange Tradition in den Gesundheitswissenschaften. Verschiedene Teildisziplinen der Psychologie wie die Klinische Psychologie und die Gesundheitspsychologie sowie interdisziplinäre Fachgebiete wie die Verhaltensmedizin widmen sich der Untersuchung ätiologisch bedeutsamer oder aufrechterhaltender Faktoren des menschlichen Verhaltens und Erlebens. Mithilfe der gewonnenen Erkenntnisse über Ursache-Wirkungs-Zusammenhänge können Diagnose- und Behandlungsmethoden entwickelt werden. [less ▲]

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See detailThe effects of physical activity on emotion regulation in adolescents
Ouzzahra, Yacine UL; Vögele, Claus UL; Mata, Jutta

Scientific Conference (2016, February 27)

A growing body of evidence suggests an important contribution of physical activity to psychological well-being. While much of this research has focused on mood, less is known regarding emotion regulation ... [more ▼]

A growing body of evidence suggests an important contribution of physical activity to psychological well-being. While much of this research has focused on mood, less is known regarding emotion regulation. The present study investigated acute and chronic effects of exercise on responses to emotional stimuli in adolescents. Male and female students (N=40) aged 15-18 years participated in a two conditions, repeated-measures, fully counterbalanced design. In the first part of each session heart rate, electrodermal activity, respiration rate and heart rate variability were continuously recorded during a 10-min baseline. This was followed by a previously validated anger-provoking video-clip lasting 2-6 minutes. Participants rated the level of arousal and discrete emotions they experienced in response to the clip. The second part of the experiment consisted of a 30 minutes intervention period (rest or stationary cycling), immediately followed by another video-clip and questionnaire. The ongoing data analysis consists of (1) comparisons between conditions (acute effects) and (2) analyses of covariance regarding the physiological changes in response to the emotional stimuli, with participants’ fitness level used as a covariant (chronic effects). Preliminary results indicate that in the exercising condition, participants reported significantly lower levels of arousal, anxiety, anger, surprise and disgust, compared with the resting condition (p≤0.05). In contrast, fear, shame, sadness, and calmness did not differ between conditions. Further analyses will reveal whether participants’ physical fitness and heart rate variability had an impact on their physiological and psychological reactivity to the negative emotional stimuli. [less ▲]

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See detailInterozeption bei Anorexia nervosa: Befunde auf subjektiver und elektrophysiologischer Ebene
Lutz, Annika UL; Schulz, André UL; Voderholzer, Ulrich et al

in 15. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Verhaltensmedizin und Verhaltensmodifikation. Verhaltensmedizin 2.0 - von eHealth zu mHealth. 25. bis 27. Februar 2016, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz. Abstractband (2016, February)

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See detailRégulation émotionnelle et activité physique chez les adolescents
Ouzzahra, Yacine UL; Vögele, Claus UL

Scientific Conference (2016, January 20)

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See detailGastrische Modulation der Schreckreaktion und gastrisch-evozierte Potenziale: zwei neue psychophysiologische Indikatoren für Interozeption des gastrointestinalen Systems
Schulz, André UL; Schaan, L.; Van Dyck, Zoé UL et al

in Kathmann, N. (Ed.) 42. Tagung Psychologie und Gehirn Abstractband (2016)

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See detailMaking sense of what you sense: Disentangling interoceptive awareness, sensibility and accuracy
Forkmann, Thomas; Scherer, Anne; Meessen, Judith et al

in International Journal of Psychophysiology (2016), 109(1), 71-80

Garfinkel and Critchley (2013) recently proposed a three level model of interoception. Only few studies, however, have empirically tested this theoretical model thus far. The present study aimed at ... [more ▼]

Garfinkel and Critchley (2013) recently proposed a three level model of interoception. Only few studies, however, have empirically tested this theoretical model thus far. The present study aimed at investigating (1) the central assumptions of this model, i.e. that Accuracy, Sensibility and Awareness are distinguishable facets of interoception and that Interoceptive Accuracy is the basic level of interoception, and (2) whether cardiovascular activation (as indexed by heart rate) is differentially related to the three facets of interoception. Analyses were conducted on a total sample of N=159 healthy participants (118 female [74.2%]; mean age = 23.9 years, SD = 3.3, range = 19-45) who performed either the heartbeat tracking task, the heartbeat discrimination task or both. The results suggest that Accuracy, Sensibility and Awareness are empirically distinct facets of interoception, showing no correlation when based on heartbeat tracking, but moderate correlations when based on heartbeat discrimination. The assumption that Interoceptive Accuracy is the basic level of interoception could only be partially confirmed. Instead, we conclude that the level of objective physiological states should be considered as the most basic level of interoceptive signal processing. [less ▲]

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See detailA systematic review on heart rate variability in Bulimia Nervosa
Peschel, Stephanie K.V.; Feeling, Nicole R.; Vögele, Claus UL et al

in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews (2016), 63

Eating disorders are associated with alterations of the autonomic nervous system (ANS). Heart rate variability (HRV) provides a readily available index of ANS function. While ANS dysfunction indexed by ... [more ▼]

Eating disorders are associated with alterations of the autonomic nervous system (ANS). Heart rate variability (HRV) provides a readily available index of ANS function. While ANS dysfunction indexed by HRV in Anorexia Nervosa has been addressed in previous reviews, here we aimed to review the current evidence on HRV in Bulimia Nervosa (BN). A systematic literature search in Web of Science, PsycInfo, Scopus, and PubMed identified 17 studies reporting HRV in patients with BN. Studies described (i) differences in resting state HRV in patients with BN compared to controls, (ii) alterations in the stress response in BN indexed by HRV, and (iii) treatment effects on HRV in patients with BN. Despite a number of conflicting results, we conclude that BN is characterized by increased resting state vagally-mediated HRV and an impaired stress-response. Intervention-studies suggest that altered ANS-activity in BN is at least partially reversible. Future studies on the complex relation between BN and HRV should investigate the effect of comorbid disorders, subtypes of BN, and mechanisms affecting treatment outcome. [less ▲]

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See detailRespiratory modulation of startle eye blink: a new approach to assess afferent signals from the respiratory system
Schulz, André UL; Schilling, T. M.; Vögele, Claus UL et al

in Philosophical Transactions : Biological Sciences (2016), 371(1708),

Current approaches to assess interoception of respiratory functions cannot differentiate between the physiological basis of interoception, i.e. visceral-afferent signal processing, and the psychological ... [more ▼]

Current approaches to assess interoception of respiratory functions cannot differentiate between the physiological basis of interoception, i.e. visceral-afferent signal processing, and the psychological process of attention focusing. Furthermore, they typically involve invasive procedures, e.g. induction of respiratory occlusions or the inhalation of CO2 enriched air. The aim of the current study was to test the capacity of startle methodology to reflect respiratory-related afferent signal processing, independent of invasive procedures. Forty-two healthy participants were tested in a spontaneous breathing and in a 0.25 Hz paced breathing condition. Acoustic startle noises of 105 dB(A) intensity (50 ms white noise) were presented with identical trial frequency at peak and on-going inspiration and expiration, based on a new pattern detection method, involving the online processing of the respiratory belt signal. The results show the highest startle magnitudes during on-going expiration compared to any other measurement points during the respiratory cycle, independent of whether breathing was spontaneous or paced. Afferent signals from slow adapting phasic pulmonary stretch receptors may be responsible for this effect. The current study is the first to demonstrate startle modulation by respiration. These results offer the potential to apply startle methodology in the non-invasive testing of interoception-related aspects in respiratory psychophysiology. [less ▲]

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See detailEarly life adversity and rejection sensitivity
Schaan, Violetta UL; Vögele, Claus UL

in Early life adversity and rejection sensitivity (2016)

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See detailRéactivité physiologique et conscience intéroceptive dans les troubles anxieux pédiatriques : une revue conceptuelle et empirique
Rossignol, Mandy; Philippot, Pierre; Vögele, Claus UL

in Santé Mentale au Québec (2016), 41(1), 183-222

Objectives: This review summarizes data relative to objective and subjective measures of body responses in children and adolescents with anxiety. Methods: We reviewed 24 studies measuring (1) cardiac ... [more ▼]

Objectives: This review summarizes data relative to objective and subjective measures of body responses in children and adolescents with anxiety. Methods: We reviewed 24 studies measuring (1) cardiac responses and (2) interoceptive processes in children and adolescents with anxiety. Results: Anxious children and adolescents generally do not differ from their non-anxious peers on their cardiac parameters and objective physiological reactivity to stressful events but some results suggest reduced autonomic flexibility in pediatric anxiety related to chronic anxiety. Moreover, anxiety does not alter interoceptive accuracy, but youths with anxiety misinterpret the intensity and the visibility of their symptoms. Conclusions: Interoception is biased in pediatric anxiety. Further studies are needed to provide information about the role of perceptual, attentional, and interpretative processes underlying these biases, as well as to determine the respective influence of anxiety type and symptoms intensity. [less ▲]

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See detailReduced early visual processing of own body images in anorexia nervosa: An event-related potentials study
Lutz, Annika UL; Herbert, Cornelia; Schulz, André UL et al

Poster (2016)

Introduction. Although body image distortion in anorexia nervosa (AN) has been extensively studied over the past decades, its underlying mechanisms are not yet fully understood. Neuro-imaging studies have ... [more ▼]

Introduction. Although body image distortion in anorexia nervosa (AN) has been extensively studied over the past decades, its underlying mechanisms are not yet fully understood. Neuro-imaging studies have identified functional and structural alterations in brain areas involved in visual body perception, but the time course of visual body processing in AN remains mostly unexplored. The current study used event-related brain potentials (ERPs) to investigate single processing steps along the time course, particularly the visual processing of physical body image characteristics (featural processing, P1) and the recognition of a body as such (configural processing, N1). Methods. Twenty in-patients with AN, and 20 healthy women viewed photographs of themselves, of another woman’s body and of their own and another woman’s standardized object (cup) with concurrent EEG recording. Results. Body images elicited an accentuation of the P1 component (105-160 ms), which was absent for the comparison between own-body and own-cup images in the AN group. Results regarding the N1 component suggest alterations in object processing in AN. Conclusions. Our results demonstrate that individuals with AN show reduced featural processing of their own body image, a process which, due to its position early in the visual processing stream, is unlikely to involve higher cognitive stimulus processing. This suggests a possible role of previously undetected pre-conscious mechanisms in body image disturbance. [less ▲]

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See detailSelbstberichteter psychosozialer Stress und chronische Besorgnis, sowie Low-Frequency-Herzratenvariabilität, aber nicht Morgen- oder Tagescortisolspiegel, sagen somatoforme Symptome vorher
Schulz, André UL; Larra, M.; Rost, Silke UL et al

in Kubiak, T.; Wessa, M.; Witthöft, M. (Eds.) et al 15. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Verhaltensmedizin und Verhaltensmodifikation - Abstractband (2016)

Im positiven Feedback-Modell zu Interozeption und Stress (Schulz & Vögele, 2015) wird postuliert, dass chronischer Stress zu einer Dysregulation der beiden physiologischen Stressachsen (HPA-Achse, ANS ... [more ▼]

Im positiven Feedback-Modell zu Interozeption und Stress (Schulz & Vögele, 2015) wird postuliert, dass chronischer Stress zu einer Dysregulation der beiden physiologischen Stressachsen (HPA-Achse, ANS) führt, was wiederum durch veränderte Interozeption zur Entstehung körperlicherSymptome beitragen kann. Dieser postulierte Zusammenhang basiert jedoch bislang auf einer Integration von Einzelbefunden und wurde bisher noch nicht an einer gemeinsamen Stichprobe überprüft. Bei einer studentischen Stichprobe (N=217; 113 w; Alter: 18-33 [M=23.0; SD=2.9] Jahre; BMI=22.2 [SD=2.8]) wurden selbstberichteter chronischer Stress (Trierer Inventar für Chronischen Stress/TICS) und somatoforme Symptome (Screening für Somatoforme Störungen/SOMS-2) erhoben. Alle Probanden lieferten Cortisol-Aufwachreaktionen (Erwachen,+15,+30,+45,+60 Min.) an zwei aufeinanderfolgenden Tagen, sowie ein Cortisol-Tagesprofil. Zusätzlich wurde im Labor in einer 10-minütigen Ruhemessung EKG zur Bestimmung der Ruhe-Herzratenvariabilität (RMSSD, pNN50, SDNN; Low- [0.06-0.14 Hz] und High-Frequency [0.15-0.4 Hz]) als Indikatoren des zentralen sympathischen und parasympathischen Tonus erfasst. Diejenigen TICS-Skalen, die psychosozialen Stress reflektieren, sowie „Chronische Besorgnis“ waren zwischen r=.16 und .26 mit somatoformen Symptomen korreliert. Die Skala „Chronische Besorgnis“ korrelierte außerdem positiv mit dem Tagescortisolspiegel (r=.19), sowie negativ mit SDNN (r=-.20), RMSSD (r=-.17), pNN50 (r=-.17), LF-Power (r=-.19) und HF-Power (r=-.16; alle ps < .05). Somatoforme Symptome korrelierten hingegen nicht mit Indikatoren der physiologischen Stressachsen. In einem Regressionsmodell mit Somatisierungsindex als Kriterium zeigte sich nur für die TICS-Skalen „Mangel an sozialer Anerkennung“ (b=.19) und „chronische Besorgnis“ (b=.25), sowie LF-HRV (b=.20) signifikante Vorhersagekraft. Die Annahmen des Modells zu Interozeption und Stress konnten nur teilweise bestätigt werden. Selbstberichteter Stress, vor allem „Besorgnis“, ist bei gesunden Probanden der beste Prädiktor für somatoforme Symptome. Auch höherer sympathischer Tonus könnte für somatoforme Symptome eine Rolle spielen. [less ▲]

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See detailFood, eating and emotions: les liaisons dangereuses
Vögele, Claus UL

in Journal of Behavioral Addictions (2016), 5(Suppl 1), 3

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See detailGerman version of the Intuitive Eating Scale: Psychometric evaluation and application to an eating disordered population
Van Dyck, Zoé UL; Herbert, Beate M; Happ, Christian et al

in Appetite (2016), 105

Intuitive eating has been described to represent an adaptive eating behaviour that is characterised by eating in response to physiological hunger and satiety cues, rather than situational and emotional ... [more ▼]

Intuitive eating has been described to represent an adaptive eating behaviour that is characterised by eating in response to physiological hunger and satiety cues, rather than situational and emotional stimuli. The Intuitive Eating Scale-2 (IES-2) has been developed to measure such attitudes and behaviours on four subscales: unconditional permission to eat (UPE), eating for physical rather than emotional reasons (EPR), reliance on internal hunger and satiety cues (RHSC), and body-food choice congruence (B-FCC). The present study aimed at validating the psychometric properties of the German translation of the IES-2 in a large German-speaking sample. A second objective was to assess levels of intuitive eating in participants with an eating disorder diagnosis (anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or binge eating disorder). The proposed factor structure of the IES-2 could be confirmed for the German translation of the questionnaire. The total score and most subscale scores were negatively related to eating disorder symptomatology, problems in appetite and emotional awareness, body dissatisfaction, and self-objectification. Women with eating disorders had significantly lower values on all IES-2 subscale scores and the total score than women without an eating disorder diagnosis. Women with a binge eating disorder (BED) diagnosis had higher scores on the UPE subscale compared to participants with anorexia nervosa (AN) or bulimia nervosa (BN), and those diagnosed with AN had higher scores on the EPR subscale than individuals with BN or BED. We conclude that the German IES-2 constitutes a useful self-report instrument for the assessment of intuitive eating in German-speaking samples. Further studies are warranted to evaluate psychometric properties of the IES-2 in different samples, and to investigate its application in a clinical setting. [less ▲]

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See detailInterozeption bei Depersonalisations-/Derealisationsstörung: veränderte Repräsentation afferenter Körpersignale auf Ebene des Kortex und des Hirnstamms
Schulz, André UL; Matthey, J. H.; Köster, S. et al

in Kubiak, T.; Wessa, M.; Witthöft, M. (Eds.) et al 15. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Verhaltensmedizin und Verhaltensmodifikation - Abstractband (2016)

Die Depersonalisations-/Derealisationsstörung (DPD) ist durch eine subjektiv erlebte Distanz von Emotionen, sowie von Empfindungen des eigenen Körpers charakterisiert. Während viele neurophysiologische ... [more ▼]

Die Depersonalisations-/Derealisationsstörung (DPD) ist durch eine subjektiv erlebte Distanz von Emotionen, sowie von Empfindungen des eigenen Körpers charakterisiert. Während viele neurophysiologische Befunde ein verändertes Emotionserleben stützen, gibt es bislang keine neurophysiologischen Korrelate für eine veränderte Interozeption bei DPD. 27 Patienten mit DPD, sowie 27 gesunde Kontrollprobanden absolvierten zwei Herzschlagwahrnehmungstests: eine Herzschlagzählaufgabe (Schandry) und einen Test, bei dem zwischen Herzschlägen und exterozeptiven Signalen diskriminiert werden musste (Whitehead). Außerdem absolvierten die Probanden zwei psychophysiologische Verfahren, die interozeptive Signalübermittlung reflektieren: (1.) Herzschlag- evozierte Potenziale (HEPs), Indikatoren für die kortikale Verarbeitung afferenter Signale vom kardiovaskulären System und (2.) die kardiale Modulation der Schreckreaktion (CMS), welche als Index für die Verarbeitung kardio-afferenter Signale auf Ebene des Hirnstamms gilt. In den Herzschlagwahrnehmungstests gab es keine Gruppenunterschiede zwischen Patienten mit DPD und gesunden Kontrollprobanden, jedoch eine gegenläufige Tendenz beider Gruppen hinsichtlich der Genauigkeit über den Zeitverlauf (negative Lernkurve bei DPD). Bei der Kontrollgruppe zeigte sich ein intakter CMS-Effekt (geringere Schreckreaktionen während der frühen kardialen Phase), während sich bei den DPD-Patienten überhaupt kein CMS-Effekt beobachten ließ (Interaktion: p=.041). Ebenso wurden Gruppenunterschiede im HEP-Pattern beobachtet: gesunde Kontrollprobanden zeigten höhere HEP-Amplituden während der Aufmerksamkeitslenkung auf Körpersignale als während Ruhe. Dieser Effekt konnte bei DPD-Patienten nicht gefunden werden (Interaktion: p=.027). Die gegenläufigen Trends über den Zeitverlauf in verhaltensbasierten Indikatoren für Interozeption (Herzschlagwahrnehmung) bei DPD-Patienten gegenüber Kontrollprobanden impliziert, dass es Patienten weniger gut gelingt, ihre Aufmerksamkeit über längere Zeit auf Körperempfindungen zu fokussieren. Dieser Unterschied lässt sich auf veränderte Repräsentation afferenter Signale des kardiovaskulären Systems auf Hirnstammebene und auf kortikaler Ebene zurückführen. [less ▲]

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See detailDoes anyone still understand me? Psychotherapy and multilingualism.
Karp, Mélanie; Vögele, Claus UL

in Verhaltenstherapie (2016)

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See detailThe relationship between emotion regulation capacity, heart rate variability, and quality of life in individuals with alcohol-related brain damage
Steinmetz, Jean-Paul; Vögele, Claus UL; Theisen-Flies, Christiane et al

in Psychology Research and Behavior Management (2016), 9

The reliable measurement of quality of life (QoL) presents a challenge in individuals with alcohol-related brain damage. This study investigated vagally mediated heart rate variability (vmHRV) as a ... [more ▼]

The reliable measurement of quality of life (QoL) presents a challenge in individuals with alcohol-related brain damage. This study investigated vagally mediated heart rate variability (vmHRV) as a physiological predictor of QoL. Self- and proxy ratings of QoL and dysexecutive symptoms were collected once, while vmHRV was repeatedly assessed over a 3-week period at weekly intervals in a sample of nine alcohol-related brain damaged patients. We provide robustness checks, bootstrapped correlations with confidence intervals, and standard errors for mean scores. We observed low to very low heart rate variability scores in our patients in comparison to norm values found in healthy populations. Proxy ratings of the QoL scale “subjective physical and mental performance” and everyday executive dysfunctions were strongly related to vmHRV. Better proxy-rated QoL and fewer dysexecutive symptoms were observed in those patients with higher vmHRV. Overall, patients showed low parasympathetic activation favoring the occurrence of dysfunctional emotion regulation strategies. [less ▲]

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See detailCognitive, emotional and psychosocial functioning of girls treated with pharmacological puberty blockage for idiopathic central precocious puberty
Wojniusz, S; Callens, N; Sütterlin, S et al

in Frontiers in Psychology (2016), 7

Central precocious puberty (CPP) develops due to premature activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis, resulting in early pubertal changes and rapid bone maturation. CPP is associated ... [more ▼]

Central precocious puberty (CPP) develops due to premature activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis, resulting in early pubertal changes and rapid bone maturation. CPP is associated with lower adult height and increased risk for development of psychological problems. Standard treatment of CPP is based on postponement of pubertal development by blockade of the HPG axis with gonadotropin releasing hormone analogs (GnRHa) leading to abolition of gonadal sex hormones synthesis. Whereas the hormonal and auxological effects of GnRHa are well researched, there is a lack of knowledge whether GnRHa treatment influences psychological functioning of treated children, despite the fact that prevention of psychological problems is used as one of the main reasons for treatment initiation. In the present study we seek to address this issue by exploring differences in cognitive function, behavior, emotional reactivity, and psychosocial problems between GnRHa treated CPP girls and age-matched controls. Fifteen girls with idiopathic CPP; median age 10.4 years, treated with slow-release GnRHa (triptorelin acetate – Decapeptyl SR ® 11.25) and 15 age-matched controls, were assessed with a comprehensive test battery consisting of paper and pencil tests, computerized tasks, behavioral paradigms, heart rate variability, and questionnaires filled in by the children’s parents. Both groups showed very similar scores with regard to cognitive performance, behavioral and psychosocial problems. Compared to controls, treated girls displayed significantly higher emotional reactivity (p = 0.016; Cohen’s d = 1.04) on one of the two emotional reactivity task conditions. Unexpectedly, the CPP group showed significantly lower resting heart rates than the controls (p = 0.004; Cohen’s d = 1.03); lower heart rate was associated with longer treatment duration (r = - 0.582, p = 0.037). The results suggest that GnRHa treated CPP girls do not differ in their cognitive or psychosocial functioning from age matched controls. However, they might process emotional stimuli differently. The unexpected finding of lower heart rate that was associated with longer duration of the treatment should be further explored by methods appropriate for assessment of cardiac health. [less ▲]

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See detailMit Ärger konstruktiv umgehen
Steffgen, Georges UL; de Boer, Claudia; Vögele, Claus UL

Book published by Hogrefe (2016)

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