Journal article

Prefrontal and amygdala volumes are related to adolescents' affective behaviors during parent-adolescent interactions

Sarah Whittle, Marie BH Yap, Murat Yuecel, Alex Fornito, Julian G Simmons, Anna Barrett, Lisa Sheeber, Nicholas B Allen

PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA | NATL ACAD SCIENCES | Published : 2008

Abstract

Adolescence is a key period for the development of brain circuits underlying affective and behavioral regulation. It remains unclear, however, whether and how adolescent brain structure influences day-to-day affective behavior. Because of significant changes in the nature of family relations that also typically occur during adolescence, parent-child interactions provide a meaningful context where affective behavior and its regulation may be assessed. In a sample of 137 early adolescents, we investigated the relationship between aspects of the adolescents' brain structure and their affective behavior as assessed during observation of parent-child interactions. We found a significant positive ..

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