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Mindful parenting predicts mothers' and infants' hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal activity during a dyadic stressor.
Dev Psychol. 2017 03; 53(3):417-424.DP

Abstract

Mindfulness in the parenting relationship has been proposed to help both parents and children better regulate stress, though this has not yet been shown at the physiological level. In this study, we tested relations between maternal mindfulness in parenting and both mothers' and their infants' hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis activity during a dyadic stressor 3 months later. Participants were 73 mother-infant dyads from a larger longitudinal study. At 3 months postpartum, mothers completed self-report measures of general dispositional mindfulness and parenting-specific mindfulness, as well as stressful life events. At 6 months postpartum, mother-infant dyads completed the Still Face task. Four saliva samples were collected from each dyad member for cortisol assay to index the HPA axis response. Hierarchical linear modeling of cortisol trajectories revealed a main effect of maternal parenting-specific mindfulness (mindful parenting), but not general dispositional mindfulness, on mothers' cortisol; mothers with higher mindful parenting showed steeper cortisol recovery slopes. In addition, maternal mindful parenting moderated the effect of life stress on later mother and infant cortisol. In the context of high life stress, maternal mindful parenting predicted lower infant cortisol levels, but more extended maternal cortisol elevations. Implications for a biobehavioral model of mindful parenting are discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, University of Oregon.University of Wisconsin-Madison.Department of Psychology, University of Oregon.Department of Psychology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Pub Type(s)

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

Language

eng

PubMed ID

27893234

Citation

Laurent, Heidemarie K., et al. "Mindful Parenting Predicts Mothers' and Infants' Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal Activity During a Dyadic Stressor." Developmental Psychology, vol. 53, no. 3, 2017, pp. 417-424.
Laurent HK, Duncan LG, Lightcap A, et al. Mindful parenting predicts mothers' and infants' hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal activity during a dyadic stressor. Dev Psychol. 2017;53(3):417-424.
Laurent, H. K., Duncan, L. G., Lightcap, A., & Khan, F. (2017). Mindful parenting predicts mothers' and infants' hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal activity during a dyadic stressor. Developmental Psychology, 53(3), 417-424. https://doi.org/10.1037/dev0000258
Laurent HK, et al. Mindful Parenting Predicts Mothers' and Infants' Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal Activity During a Dyadic Stressor. Dev Psychol. 2017;53(3):417-424. PubMed PMID: 27893234.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Mindful parenting predicts mothers' and infants' hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal activity during a dyadic stressor. AU - Laurent,Heidemarie K, AU - Duncan,Larissa G, AU - Lightcap,April, AU - Khan,Faaiza, Y1 - 2016/11/28/ PY - 2016/11/29/pubmed PY - 2017/8/23/medline PY - 2016/11/29/entrez SP - 417 EP - 424 JF - Developmental psychology JO - Dev Psychol VL - 53 IS - 3 N2 - Mindfulness in the parenting relationship has been proposed to help both parents and children better regulate stress, though this has not yet been shown at the physiological level. In this study, we tested relations between maternal mindfulness in parenting and both mothers' and their infants' hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis activity during a dyadic stressor 3 months later. Participants were 73 mother-infant dyads from a larger longitudinal study. At 3 months postpartum, mothers completed self-report measures of general dispositional mindfulness and parenting-specific mindfulness, as well as stressful life events. At 6 months postpartum, mother-infant dyads completed the Still Face task. Four saliva samples were collected from each dyad member for cortisol assay to index the HPA axis response. Hierarchical linear modeling of cortisol trajectories revealed a main effect of maternal parenting-specific mindfulness (mindful parenting), but not general dispositional mindfulness, on mothers' cortisol; mothers with higher mindful parenting showed steeper cortisol recovery slopes. In addition, maternal mindful parenting moderated the effect of life stress on later mother and infant cortisol. In the context of high life stress, maternal mindful parenting predicted lower infant cortisol levels, but more extended maternal cortisol elevations. Implications for a biobehavioral model of mindful parenting are discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record SN - 1939-0599 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/27893234/Mindful_parenting_predicts_mothers'_and_infants'_hypothalamic_pituitary_adrenal_activity_during_a_dyadic_stressor_ L2 - http://content.apa.org/journals/dev/53/3/417 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -