Psychophysiological Reactivity of Asthmatic Children
Journal - Psychosomatic Medicine
Eighteen asthmatic and 21 nonasthmatic children 10-16 yearsof age were tested for psychological responses to criticismand psychophysiological reactivity to tone, shock, and problem-solvingtasks. The asthmatic children reacted with more negative affectto criticism by self-report measures. Psychophysiological responsesprovided indications of abnormal heart rate and respirationresponses in the asthmatic group that are apparently relatedto the physiological changes associated with the asthmatic syndromeand may be related to the physiological changes that accompanythe asthma attack itself.