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Cold pressor stress reduces left cradling preference in nulliparous human females.
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PMID:  17454966     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The left cradling preference refers to the finding that women hold their infants more frequently on the left side of their own bodies. Several observational studies showed reduced left cradling during stressful circumstances, such as mother-infant separation, or domestic violence. However, until now no experimental study was conducted to investigate the immediate impact of stress on cradling behaviour. Half of the 64 female subjects participating were randomly assigned to a stressful bilateral cold pressor test. The remaining subjects performed a non-stressful control procedure. Before and after this intervention, cradling behaviour was assessed using a baby-like doll. Subjects showed a left cradling preference prior to the intervention. The cold pressor test increased blood pressure and heart rate significantly. A repeated ANOVA revealed an interaction of intervention (cold pressor vs. control) X assessment period (pre- vs. post-intervention), indicating that cold pressor stress reduces left cradling behaviour in female volunteers. Our data indicate that stress influences cradling preference. This may be of relevance for caregiver-infant interactions.
Susanne E Suter; Harriet J Huggenberger; Hartmut Schächinger
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Stress (Amsterdam, Netherlands)     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1025-3890     ISO Abbreviation:  Stress     Publication Date:  2007 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-04-24     Completed Date:  2007-05-30     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9617529     Medline TA:  Stress     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  45-51     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Institute of Psychology, University of Basel, Missionsstrasse 60/62, CH-4055 Basel, Switzerland.
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Blood Pressure
Cold Temperature*
Functional Laterality*
Heart Rate
Maternal Behavior*
Self Assessment (Psychology)
Stress, Physiological / etiology*,  physiopathology,  psychology*

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