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Maternal trait anxiety, emotional distress, and salivary cortisol in pregnancy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20026376     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Animal models suggest that stress-induced hormonal changes in the mother during pregnancy lead to enduring changes in the fetus and empirical links between prenatal maternal stress and negative child development have been discerned repeatedly in human studies. But the role of heritable personality traits has received little attention in the latter work. The goal of the current study was to investigate the relationship between maternal personality, psychological measures of maternal distress and maternal salivary cortisol during pregnancy. Maternal reports of personality (16 PF) and stress-related psychological measures (depression, pregnancy-related anxiety, perceived stress, negative life events) as well as salivary cortisol samples of 66 healthy pregnant women were collected in early and late pregnancy. Maternal trait anxiety proved related to all stress-related psychological measures and high anxiety predicted low baseline cortisol awakening levels in early pregnancy. Maternal trait anxiety is related to both psychological and biological stress measures during pregnancy.
Authors:
Michael Pluess; Margarete Bolten; Karl-Martin Pirke; Dirk Hellhammer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2009-12-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  Biological psychology     Volume:  83     ISSN:  1873-6246     ISO Abbreviation:  Biol Psychol     Publication Date:  2010 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-03-08     Completed Date:  2010-06-02     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375566     Medline TA:  Biol Psychol     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  169-75     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Affiliation:
Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Social Issues, Birkbeck University of London, United Kingdom.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Adult
Anxiety / etiology*
Area Under Curve
Female
Humans
Hydrocortisone / metabolism*
Life Expectancy
Longitudinal Studies
Male
Mother-Child Relations
Personality Inventory
Pregnancy / metabolism*,  psychology
Prenatal Exposure Delayed Effects*
Saliva / chemistry*
Stress, Psychological / etiology*
Young Adult
Chemical
Reg. No./Substance:
50-23-7/Hydrocortisone

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