Infants and toddlers remembering and forgetting of a stressful medical procedure
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
Objective: To examine whether a distressing medical procedure leaves lasting impressions in young children’s memories. Methods: Children 12- to 78-weeks old (Nﬂ172) 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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 34, no 2, 205-216 p.
memory, preverbal children, stressful medical procedure
Research subject Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-27602DOI: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsn066ISI: 000263604600010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-27602DiVA: diva2:216420
This research was supported by Grant F0612/2001 from the Swedish Research Council to Torun Lindholm. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Society of Pediatric Psychology.2009-05-082009-05-082012-07-02Bibliographically approved