An Investigation of the effects of chronic stress on attention in parents of children with neurodevelopmental disorders

Ranganathan, Maharishi, Jacob, Abin, Ashraf, Ashifa Kariveliparambil Mohammed, Kumar J, Ganesh, Anthony, Madalaimuthu, M., Vijay, Kumari, Rupashree Brahma and Annapally, Sadananda Reddy (2024) An Investigation of the effects of chronic stress on attention in parents of children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Universal Journal of Public Health, 12 (1). pp. 37-50. ISSN 2331-8880

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Prolonged exposure to stress can cause impairments in various brain functions including cognition. Attention is one such important cognitive function that is required for our daily life and work-related activities. Chronic stress can have an impact on attention networks such as alerting, executive control, and orienting. The effects of naturalistic, persistent psychosocial stress on several attention networks were explored in this study. Parents of children with neurodevelopmental disorders (NDD) and parents of children with typical development (TD) were given an attention network test (ANT). Overall the stressed group (M= 564.623, SD= 75.484) was found to have a quicker reaction time in all the target and cue conditions when compared to the non-stressed group (M= 588.874, SD= 101.575). Both groups had similar accuracy in all the conditions. When comparing the three attention network scores, no significant difference was found in either group. However, in the stressed group, there was a significant beneficial relationship between the alerting and orienting networks (p=.006) and a high negative correlation between the alerting and executive control networks (p=.028). No significant correlation was found between the attention networks in the non-stressed group.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Chronic Stress | Attention Network | Neurodevelopmental Disorders | Typical Development
Subjects: Physical, Life and Health Sciences > Neuroscience
Social Sciences and humanities > Psychology > General Psychology
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Social Sciences (General)
JGU School/Centre: Jindal School of Psychology & Counselling
Depositing User: Subhajit Bhattacharjee
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2024 12:28
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2024 12:28
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