Facial Expressivity to Acute Pain in Cocaine-Exposed Toddlers

Neena Roumell, Diane Wille, Lauren Abramson, Virginia Delaney

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Expressive emotion regulation in response to stress following inoculation was examined in 30 18-month-olds. Fourteen were exposed to cocaine in utero and 16 were drug-free. Findings indicated that the cocaine-exposed group displayed fewer discrete negative expressions of distress and anger and more sadness in response to acute pain. These resuits suggest that cocaine exposure may exert an influence on the expression of emotion into the second year of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)274-281
Number of pages8
JournalInfant Mental Health Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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