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Maternal stress and affect influence fetal neurobehavioral development.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12220045     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The authors investigated the association between maternal psychological and fetal neurobehavioral functioning. Data were provided by 52 maternal-fetal pairs at 24, 30, and 36 weeks gestation. The relations between maternal measures and fetal heart rate, variability, and motor activity were statistically modeled. Fetuses of women who were more affectively intense, appraised their lives as more stressful, and reported more frequent pregnancy-specific hassles were more active across gestation. Fetuses of women who perceived their pregnancy to be more intensely and frequently uplifting and had positive emotional valence toward pregnancy were less active. Associations with fetal heart-rate measures were detected at 36 weeks gestation. These data provide evidence for proximal effects of maternal psychological functioning on fetal neurobehavior.
Janet A DiPietro; Sterling C Hilton; Melissa Hawkins; Kathleen A Costigan; Eva K Pressman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Developmental psychology     Volume:  38     ISSN:  0012-1649     ISO Abbreviation:  Dev Psychol     Publication Date:  2002 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-09-10     Completed Date:  2003-03-26     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0260564     Medline TA:  Dev Psychol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  659-68     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Population and Family Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21205, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Educational Status
Embryonic and Fetal Development*
Fetal Movement / physiology
Gestational Age
Heart Rate, Fetal / physiology
Infant, Newborn
Maternal Age
Nervous System / embryology*
Pregnancy Complications / psychology*
Psychological Tests
Stress, Physiological / psychology*
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