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Maternal trait anxiety, emotional distress, and salivary cortisol in pregnancy.
Biol Psychol. 2010 Mar; 83(3):169-75.BP

Abstract

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+Show Affiliations

Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Social Issues, Birkbeck University of London, United Kingdom.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

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

Language

eng

PubMed ID

20026376

Citation

Pluess, Michael, et al. "Maternal Trait Anxiety, Emotional Distress, and Salivary Cortisol in Pregnancy." Biological Psychology, vol. 83, no. 3, 2010, pp. 169-75.
Pluess M, Bolten M, Pirke KM, et al. Maternal trait anxiety, emotional distress, and salivary cortisol in pregnancy. Biol Psychol. 2010;83(3):169-75.
Pluess, M., Bolten, M., Pirke, K. M., & Hellhammer, D. (2010). Maternal trait anxiety, emotional distress, and salivary cortisol in pregnancy. Biological Psychology, 83(3), 169-75. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsycho.2009.12.005
Pluess M, et al. Maternal Trait Anxiety, Emotional Distress, and Salivary Cortisol in Pregnancy. Biol Psychol. 2010;83(3):169-75. PubMed PMID: 20026376.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Maternal trait anxiety, emotional distress, and salivary cortisol in pregnancy. AU - Pluess,Michael, AU - Bolten,Margarete, AU - Pirke,Karl-Martin, AU - Hellhammer,Dirk, Y1 - 2009/12/22/ PY - 2009/06/26/received PY - 2009/12/11/revised PY - 2009/12/11/accepted PY - 2009/12/23/entrez PY - 2009/12/23/pubmed PY - 2010/6/3/medline SP - 169 EP - 75 JF - Biological psychology JO - Biol Psychol VL - 83 IS - 3 N2 - 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. SN - 1873-6246 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/20026376/Maternal_trait_anxiety_emotional_distress_and_salivary_cortisol_in_pregnancy_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0301-0511(09)00256-7 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -