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Maternal prenatal anxiety, postnatal caregiving and infants' cortisol responses to the still-face procedure.
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PMID:  19739133     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study prospectively examined the separate and combined influences of maternal prenatal anxiety disorder and postnatal caregiving sensitivity on infants' salivary cortisol responses to the still-face procedure. Effects were assessed by measuring infant salivary cortisol upon arrival at the laboratory, and at 15-, 25-, and 40-min following the still-face procedure. Maternal symptoms of anxiety during the last 6 months of pregnancy were assessed using clinical diagnostic interview. Data analyses using linear mixed models were based on 88 women and their 7-month-old infants. Prenatal anxiety and maternal sensitivity emerged as independent, additive moderators of infant cortisol reactivity, F (3, 180) = 3.29, p = .02, F (3, 179) = 2.68, p = .05 respectively. Results were independent of maternal prenatal depression symptoms, and postnatal symptoms of anxiety and depression. Infants' stress-induced cortisol secretion patterns appear to relate not only to exposure to maternal prenatal anxiety, but also to maternal caregiving sensitivity, irrespective of prenatal psychological state.
Kerry-Ann Grant; Catherine McMahon; Marie-Paule Austin; Nicole Reilly; Leo Leader; Sinan Ali
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Developmental psychobiology     Volume:  51     ISSN:  1098-2302     ISO Abbreviation:  Dev Psychobiol     Publication Date:  2009 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-12-01     Completed Date:  2010-02-02     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0164074     Medline TA:  Dev Psychobiol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  625-37     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology Centre for Emotional Health Macquarie University North Ryde New South Wales 2109, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Anxiety Disorders / diagnosis,  physiopathology*,  psychology
Chi-Square Distribution
Depressive Disorder / diagnosis,  physiopathology,  psychology
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay
Hydrocortisone / analysis*
Infant Behavior / physiology,  psychology
Longitudinal Studies
Maternal Behavior / psychology*
Maternal-Fetal Exchange
Mother-Child Relations
Prenatal Exposure Delayed Effects / physiopathology*
Prospective Studies
Saliva / chemistry
Stress, Psychological / physiopathology*
Time Factors
Video Recording
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