A meta-analysis on sex differences in resting-state vagal activity in children and adolescents

Koenig, Julian; Rash, Joshua A.; Campbell, Tavis S.; Thayer, Julian F.; Kaess, Michael (2017). A meta-analysis on sex differences in resting-state vagal activity in children and adolescents. Frontiers in physiology, 8(582), p. 582. Frontiers Research Foundation 10.3389/fphys.2017.00582

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Lower vagal activity is associated with psychopathology independent of age. Research suggests that alterations of vagal activity precede the development of psychopathology. The present review aimed to quantify sex differences in vagal activity in children and adolescents. Studies reporting on sex differences on measures of vagally-mediated heart rate variability derived from short-term recordings under resting conditions in boys and girls were included. Drawing on data from more than 5,000 children and adolescents, we provide evidence that healthy young girls display lower vagal activity and greater mean heart rate compared to boys, a finding that may have implications for risk associated with the development of internalizing psychopathology and somatic ill-health.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > University Psychiatric Services > University Hospital of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Psychiatric Services > University Hospital of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy > Research Division

UniBE Contributor:

Koenig, Julian and Kaess, Michael

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1664-042X

Publisher:

Frontiers Research Foundation

Language:

English

Submitter:

Livia Hug

Date Deposited:

22 Feb 2018 14:51

Last Modified:

23 Oct 2019 12:42

Publisher DOI:

10.3389/fphys.2017.00582

PubMed ID:

28883794

Uncontrolled Keywords:

adolescents, children, heart rate variability, sex differences, vagal activity

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.109687

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/109687

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