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Maternal prenatal anxiety, postnatal caregiving and infants' cortisol responses to the still-face procedure

Journal Article


Abstract


  • This study prospectively examined the separate and combined influences of maternal prenatal anxiety disorder and postnatal caregiving sensitivity on infants' salivary cortisol responses to the still-face procedure. Effects were assessed by measuring infant salivary cortisol upon arrival at the laboratory, and at 15-, 25-, and 40-min following the still-face procedure. Maternal symptoms of anxiety during the last 6 months of pregnancy were assessed using clinical diagnostic interview. Data analyses using linear mixed models were based on 88 women and their 7-month-old infants. Prenatal anxiety and maternal sensitivity emerged as independent, additive moderators of infant cortisol reactivity, F (3, 180)=3.29, p=.02, F (3, 179)=2.68, p=.05 respectively. Results were independent of maternal prenatal depression symptoms, and postnatal symptoms of anxiety and depression. Infants' stress-induced cortisol secretion patterns appear to relate not only to exposure to maternal prenatal anxiety, but also to maternal caregiving sensitivity, irrespective of prenatal psychological state.

UOW Authors


  •   Grant, Kerry (external author)
  •   McMahon, Catherine M. (external author)
  •   Austin, Marie-Paule (external author)
  •   Reilly, Nicole
  •   Leader, Leo (external author)
  •   Ali, Sinan (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • K. Grant, C. McMahon, M. Austin, N. Reilly, L. Leader & S. Ali, "Maternal prenatal anxiety, postnatal caregiving and infants' cortisol responses to the still-face procedure", Developmental Psychobiology 51 8 (2009) 625-637.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-73349115858

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 12

Start Page


  • 625

End Page


  • 637

Volume


  • 51

Issue


  • 8

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • This study prospectively examined the separate and combined influences of maternal prenatal anxiety disorder and postnatal caregiving sensitivity on infants' salivary cortisol responses to the still-face procedure. Effects were assessed by measuring infant salivary cortisol upon arrival at the laboratory, and at 15-, 25-, and 40-min following the still-face procedure. Maternal symptoms of anxiety during the last 6 months of pregnancy were assessed using clinical diagnostic interview. Data analyses using linear mixed models were based on 88 women and their 7-month-old infants. Prenatal anxiety and maternal sensitivity emerged as independent, additive moderators of infant cortisol reactivity, F (3, 180)=3.29, p=.02, F (3, 179)=2.68, p=.05 respectively. Results were independent of maternal prenatal depression symptoms, and postnatal symptoms of anxiety and depression. Infants' stress-induced cortisol secretion patterns appear to relate not only to exposure to maternal prenatal anxiety, but also to maternal caregiving sensitivity, irrespective of prenatal psychological state.

UOW Authors


  •   Grant, Kerry (external author)
  •   McMahon, Catherine M. (external author)
  •   Austin, Marie-Paule (external author)
  •   Reilly, Nicole
  •   Leader, Leo (external author)
  •   Ali, Sinan (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • K. Grant, C. McMahon, M. Austin, N. Reilly, L. Leader & S. Ali, "Maternal prenatal anxiety, postnatal caregiving and infants' cortisol responses to the still-face procedure", Developmental Psychobiology 51 8 (2009) 625-637.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-73349115858

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 12

Start Page


  • 625

End Page


  • 637

Volume


  • 51

Issue


  • 8

Place Of Publication


  • United States