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Maternal postpartum behavior and the emergence of infant-mother and infant-father synchrony in preterm and full-term infants: the role of neonatal vagal tone.
Dev Psychobiol. 2007 Apr; 49(3):290-302.DP

Abstract

Relations between maternal postpartum behavior and the emergence of parent-infant relatedness as a function of infant autonomic maturity were examined in 56 premature infants (birthweight = 1000-1500 g) and 52 full-term infants. Maternal behavior, mother depressive symptoms, and infant cardiac vagal tone were assessed in the neonatal period. Infant-mother and infant-father synchrony, maternal and paternal affectionate touch, and the home environment were observed at 3 months. Premature birth was associated with higher maternal depression, less maternal behaviors, decreased infant alertness, and lower coordination of maternal behavior with infant alertness in the neonatal period. At 3 months, interactions between premature infants with their mothers and fathers were less synchronous. Interaction effects of premature birth and autonomic maturity indicated that preterm infants with low vagal tone received the lowest amounts of maternal behavior in the postpartum and the least maternal touch at 3 months. Infant-mother and infant-father synchrony were each predicted by cardiac vagal tone and maternal postpartum behavior in both the preterm and full-term groups. Among preterm infants, additional predictors of parent-infant synchrony were maternal depression (mother only) and the home environment (mother and father). Findings are consistent with evolutionary perspectives on the higher susceptibility of dysregulated infants to rearing contexts and underscore the compensatory mechanisms required for social-emotional growth under risk conditions for parent-infant bonding.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology and the Gonda Brain Sciences Center, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel, 52900. feldman@mail.biu.ac.ilNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17380505

Citation

Feldman, Ruth, and Arthur I. Eidelman. "Maternal Postpartum Behavior and the Emergence of Infant-mother and Infant-father Synchrony in Preterm and Full-term Infants: the Role of Neonatal Vagal Tone." Developmental Psychobiology, vol. 49, no. 3, 2007, pp. 290-302.
Feldman R, Eidelman AI. Maternal postpartum behavior and the emergence of infant-mother and infant-father synchrony in preterm and full-term infants: the role of neonatal vagal tone. Dev Psychobiol. 2007;49(3):290-302.
Feldman, R., & Eidelman, A. I. (2007). Maternal postpartum behavior and the emergence of infant-mother and infant-father synchrony in preterm and full-term infants: the role of neonatal vagal tone. Developmental Psychobiology, 49(3), 290-302.
Feldman R, Eidelman AI. Maternal Postpartum Behavior and the Emergence of Infant-mother and Infant-father Synchrony in Preterm and Full-term Infants: the Role of Neonatal Vagal Tone. Dev Psychobiol. 2007;49(3):290-302. PubMed PMID: 17380505.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Maternal postpartum behavior and the emergence of infant-mother and infant-father synchrony in preterm and full-term infants: the role of neonatal vagal tone. AU - Feldman,Ruth, AU - Eidelman,Arthur I, PY - 2007/3/24/pubmed PY - 2007/7/17/medline PY - 2007/3/24/entrez SP - 290 EP - 302 JF - Developmental psychobiology JO - Dev Psychobiol VL - 49 IS - 3 N2 - Relations between maternal postpartum behavior and the emergence of parent-infant relatedness as a function of infant autonomic maturity were examined in 56 premature infants (birthweight = 1000-1500 g) and 52 full-term infants. Maternal behavior, mother depressive symptoms, and infant cardiac vagal tone were assessed in the neonatal period. Infant-mother and infant-father synchrony, maternal and paternal affectionate touch, and the home environment were observed at 3 months. Premature birth was associated with higher maternal depression, less maternal behaviors, decreased infant alertness, and lower coordination of maternal behavior with infant alertness in the neonatal period. At 3 months, interactions between premature infants with their mothers and fathers were less synchronous. Interaction effects of premature birth and autonomic maturity indicated that preterm infants with low vagal tone received the lowest amounts of maternal behavior in the postpartum and the least maternal touch at 3 months. Infant-mother and infant-father synchrony were each predicted by cardiac vagal tone and maternal postpartum behavior in both the preterm and full-term groups. Among preterm infants, additional predictors of parent-infant synchrony were maternal depression (mother only) and the home environment (mother and father). Findings are consistent with evolutionary perspectives on the higher susceptibility of dysregulated infants to rearing contexts and underscore the compensatory mechanisms required for social-emotional growth under risk conditions for parent-infant bonding. SN - 0012-1630 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17380505/Maternal_postpartum_behavior_and_the_emergence_of_infant_mother_and_infant_father_synchrony_in_preterm_and_full_term_infants:_the_role_of_neonatal_vagal_tone_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1002/dev.20220 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -