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Low autonomic arousal as vulnerability to externalising behaviour in infants with hostile mothers.
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PMID:  20494460     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Maternal psychopathology and the child's autonomic nervous system functioning are risk factors for aggressive behaviour later in life. While research has shown that maternal psychopathology already affects young children, less is known about the association between autonomic functioning and aggressive behaviour in young children. In addition, maternal psychopathology and autonomic nervous system functioning may interact to determine the risk of aggressive behaviour. In a sample of 375 infants and their mothers, maternal psychiatric symptoms were assessed with the Brief Symptom Inventory and toddler aggressive behaviour with the Child Behaviour Checklist. Infant heart rate was recorded at 14months. Maternal psychiatric problems, including hostility and depression, were associated with toddler aggressive behaviour. Maternal psychiatric problems interacted with mean heart rate (P=0.01) and HF variability (P=0.03) in their effect on toddler aggressive behaviour. Mothers with high psychiatric problems, in particular, high hostility, were more likely to have toddlers with high aggressive behaviour. Moreover, in the presence of maternal risk factors, low autonomic arousal renders children particularly susceptible to aggressive behaviour.
Bram Dierckx; Joke H M Tulen; Anne Tharner; Vincent W Jaddoe; Albert Hofman; Frank C Verhulst; Henning Tiemeier
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Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-05-23
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychiatry research     Volume:  185     ISSN:  0165-1781     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychiatry Res     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-12-20     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7911385     Medline TA:  Psychiatry Res     Country:  Ireland    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  171-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
The Generation R Study Group, Erasmus MC University Medical Center, The Netherlands; Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Erasmus MC University Medical Center, The Netherlands.
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