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Intergenerational transmission of social anxiety: the role of social referencing processes in infancy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18717906     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Responses to an unfamiliar adult were examined in infants of mothers with social phobia (N= 79) and infants of nonanxious comparison mothers (N= 77) at 10 and 14 months in a social referencing paradigm. On each occasion, a female stranger first interacted with the mother and then approached and interacted with the infant. Over time, infants of mothers with social phobia showed increasing avoidance of the stranger, particularly when they were behaviorally inhibited. In boys, maternal social phobia was associated with increasing fearful responses. Infant avoidance was predicted by expressed maternal anxiety and low levels of encouragement to interact with the stranger. The findings are discussed in relation to theories concerning the intergenerational transmission of social anxiety.
Lynne Murray; Marc de Rosnay; Joanna Pearson; Caroline Bergeron; Elizabeth Schofield; Melanie Royal-Lawson; Peter J Cooper
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Child development     Volume:  79     ISSN:  1467-8624     ISO Abbreviation:  Child Dev     Publication Date:    2008 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-08-22     Completed Date:  2008-12-01     Revised Date:  2014-02-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372725     Medline TA:  Child Dev     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1049-64     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
Intergenerational Relations*
Phobic Disorders / diagnosis,  genetics*,  psychology*
Severity of Illness Index
Social Behavior
Social Perception*
Grant Support
G9324094//Medical Research Council; //Medical Research Council

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