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Neurobehaviors of Japanese newborns in relation to the characteristics of early mother-infant interaction.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16173671     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The authors examined the relationship between newborn neurobehavioral profiles and the characteristics of early mother-infant interaction in Nagasaki, Japan. The authors administered the Brazelton Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS; T. B. Brazelton & J. K. Nugent, 1995) in the newborn period and the Nursing Child Assessment Teaching Scale at 1 month (NCATS; G. Sumner & A. Spietz, 1994). They administered the Perceived Stress Scale (S. Cohen, T. Kamarck, & R. Mermelstein, 1983) as an index of maternal stress experienced over the past month. Lower irritability, higher stability in skin coloration, and lower tremulousness in the neonatal period were correlated with higher levels of maternal nurturing behaviors at 1 month. Birth weight and 2 NBAS range-of-state items (peak of excitement, irritability) predicted 31% of the variance in NCATS caregiver subscale score. The NBAS autonomic stability items (tremulousness, startles, lability of skin color) predicted 31% of the variance in the NCATS child subscale score. Perceived stress and maternal sociodemographic variables (education, income, age, parity) were not associated with child, caregiver, and total scores on the NCATS. The results suggested that lack of autonomic stability in Japanese neonates might serve as an early indicator of infant frailty, negative behavioral cues, and decreased maternal responsiveness.
Kek Khee Loo; Shohei Ohgi; Judy Howard; Rachelle Tyler; Taiko Hirose
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of genetic psychology     Volume:  166     ISSN:  0022-1325     ISO Abbreviation:  J Genet Psychol     Publication Date:  2005 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-09-21     Completed Date:  2006-02-03     Revised Date:  2007-03-30    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985112R     Medline TA:  J Genet Psychol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  264-79     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pediatrics, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Asian Continental Ancestry Group / psychology*
Cross-Cultural Comparison
Follow-Up Studies
Infant Behavior*
Infant, Newborn / psychology*
Irritable Mood
Mother-Child Relations*
Mothers / psychology
Neurologic Examination*
Object Attachment
Parenting / psychology
Skin Pigmentation
Startle Reaction
Stress, Psychological / complications

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