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Prenatal maternal emotional complaints are associated with cortisol responses in toddler and preschool aged girls.
Dev Psychobiol. 2009 Nov; 51(7):553-63.DP

Abstract

Associations between prenatal maternal emotional complaints and child behavioral and cognitive problems have been reported, with different relations for boys and girls. Fetal programming hypotheses underline these associations and state that the early development of the HPA-axis of the children may have been affected. In the present study, differences in cortisol responses of prenatally exposed and nonexposed children are examined for both sexes separately. Cortisol response patterns of a group preschool aged children that were prenatally exposed to high levels of maternal emotional complaints (N = 51) were compared to a nonexposed group (N = 52). Child saliva was collected at the start of a home visit (T1), 22 min after a mother-child interaction episode (T2), and 22 min after a potentially frustrating task (T3). Repeated measures analyses showed that prenatally exposed girls showed higher cortisol levels across the three episodes compared to nonexposed girls. No differences were found in boys. Maternal prenatal emotional complaints might be related to child HPA-axis functioning differently for boys and girls.

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Department of Developmental, Clinical and Cross-Cultural Psychology, Tilburg University, 5000 LE Tilburg, the Netherlands. t.c.e.debruijn@uvt.nlNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19688770

Citation

de Bruijn, Anouk T C E., et al. "Prenatal Maternal Emotional Complaints Are Associated With Cortisol Responses in Toddler and Preschool Aged Girls." Developmental Psychobiology, vol. 51, no. 7, 2009, pp. 553-63.
de Bruijn AT, van Bakel HJ, Wijnen H, et al. Prenatal maternal emotional complaints are associated with cortisol responses in toddler and preschool aged girls. Dev Psychobiol. 2009;51(7):553-63.
de Bruijn, A. T., van Bakel, H. J., Wijnen, H., Pop, V. J., & van Baar, A. L. (2009). Prenatal maternal emotional complaints are associated with cortisol responses in toddler and preschool aged girls. Developmental Psychobiology, 51(7), 553-63. https://doi.org/10.1002/dev.20393
de Bruijn AT, et al. Prenatal Maternal Emotional Complaints Are Associated With Cortisol Responses in Toddler and Preschool Aged Girls. Dev Psychobiol. 2009;51(7):553-63. PubMed PMID: 19688770.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Prenatal maternal emotional complaints are associated with cortisol responses in toddler and preschool aged girls. AU - de Bruijn,Anouk T C E, AU - van Bakel,Hedwig J A, AU - Wijnen,Hennie, AU - Pop,Victor J M, AU - van Baar,Anneloes L, PY - 2009/8/19/entrez PY - 2009/8/19/pubmed PY - 2010/1/6/medline SP - 553 EP - 63 JF - Developmental psychobiology JO - Dev Psychobiol VL - 51 IS - 7 N2 - Associations between prenatal maternal emotional complaints and child behavioral and cognitive problems have been reported, with different relations for boys and girls. Fetal programming hypotheses underline these associations and state that the early development of the HPA-axis of the children may have been affected. In the present study, differences in cortisol responses of prenatally exposed and nonexposed children are examined for both sexes separately. Cortisol response patterns of a group preschool aged children that were prenatally exposed to high levels of maternal emotional complaints (N = 51) were compared to a nonexposed group (N = 52). Child saliva was collected at the start of a home visit (T1), 22 min after a mother-child interaction episode (T2), and 22 min after a potentially frustrating task (T3). Repeated measures analyses showed that prenatally exposed girls showed higher cortisol levels across the three episodes compared to nonexposed girls. No differences were found in boys. Maternal prenatal emotional complaints might be related to child HPA-axis functioning differently for boys and girls. SN - 1098-2302 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/19688770/Prenatal_maternal_emotional_complaints_are_associated_with_cortisol_responses_in_toddler_and_preschool_aged_girls_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -