The association of visuospatial working memory with dysthymic disorder in pre-pubertal children
T Franklin, A Lee, N Hall, S Hetrick, J Ong, N Haslam, F Karsz, A Vance
PSYCHOLOGICAL MEDICINE | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2010
BACKGROUND: Visuospatial working memory (VSWM) deficits have not been investigated specifically in children with dysthymic disorder (DD), although they are associated with impairments in attention that commonly occur in DD. This study investigates VSWM impairment in children with DD. METHOD: A cross-sectional study of VSWM in 6- to 12-year-old children with medication-naive DD (n=26) compared to an age-, gender- and 'performance IQ' (PIQ)-matched healthy control group (n=28) was completed. RESULTS: The DD group demonstrated impairment in VSWM, including impairment in the spatial span and strategy components of VSWM. Furthermore, the VSWM impairment remained after controlling for spatial span..View full abstract
This research was supported by project grants obtained from the University of Melbourne, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and the Royal Children's Hospital. We thank the staff and patients at the Royal Children's Hospital.