Does Social Buffering Continue to be Effective Over the Peripubertal Period When Friends Share the Stressor Experience?


The purpose of this experiment is to determine whether social buffering of stress physiology by friends remains effective later in puberty when the friend shares the load versus when they provide support but are not undergoing the stressor with the target child. There are four conditions: (1) Friend and Target both undergo the stressor, (2) Friend provides support but does not undergo the stressor, (3) Unfamiliar Peer and Target undergo the stressor, and (4) Alone (no partner).

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11 Years to 14 Years old
This study is also accepting healthy volunteers
Inclusion Criteria:

• sufficient vision, hearing, and language skills to provide verbal and written assent
• ability to see and read stimuli presented on the computer screen
• ability to hear verbal instructions provided by the experimenter and judges
Exclusion Criteria:

• premature birth (less than 37 weeks)
• congenital and/or chromosomal disorders (e.g. cerebral palsy, FAS, mental retardation, Turner Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Fragile X)
• Autism Spectrum Disorders
• history of serious medical illness (e.g., cancer, organ transplant)
• serious psychiatric illness
• systemic glucocorticoids or beta-adrenergic medication use

Other: Questionnaires, Other: TSST

Adolescent Behavior, Social Stress

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