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Psychological measures of prenatal stress as predictors of infant temperament.
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PMID:  12218429     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To examine, in a prospective study, whether maternal stress during pregnancy is related to infant temperament. METHOD: Self-report data on various aspects of prenatal stress were collected from nulliparous women in early pregnancy. Infant temperament was measured at 3 and 8 months by direct observation and by parent report. RESULTS: Complete data were available for 170 term-born infants. Pregnancy-specific anxiety explained 3.3% of the variance of attention regulation at 3 months. Perceived stress and pregnancy anxiety taken together explained 5% of the variance of attention regulation at 8 months. Perceived stress accounted for 8.2% of the variance of difficult behavior of the 3-month-old infant. All results were adjusted for covariates. CONCLUSIONS: Increased maternal prenatal stress seems to be associated with temperamental variation of young infants and may be a risk factor for psychopathology later in life.
Anja C Huizink; Pascale G Robles de Medina; Eduard J H Mulder; Gerard H A Visser; Jan K Buitelaar
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry     Volume:  41     ISSN:  0890-8567     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry     Publication Date:  2002 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-09-10     Completed Date:  2002-10-08     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8704565     Medline TA:  J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1078-85     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Utrecht University Medical Centre, Rudolf Magnus Institute for Neuroscience, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Child Psychology*
Multivariate Analysis
Pregnancy Complications / psychology*
Prospective Studies
Regression Analysis
Stress, Psychological*

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