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Effects of prenatal depressive symptoms on maternal and infant cortisol reactivity

BRAITHWAITE, Elizabeth, Murphy, Susannah and Ramchandani, Paul (2016) Effects of prenatal depressive symptoms on maternal and infant cortisol reactivity. Archives of Women's Mental Health, 19 (4). pp. 581-590. ISSN 1435-1102

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Prenatal depression is associated with adverse offspring outcomes, and the prevailing mechanistic theory to account for mood-associated effects implicates alterations of the maternal and fetal HPA axes. Recent research suggests that depression may be associated with a failure to attenuate cortisol reactivity during early pregnancy. The aim of the current study is to investigate whether this effect continues into mid and late gestation. A further aim is to test whether maternal prenatal cortisol reactivity directly predicts infant cortisol reactivity.

Item Type: Article
Faculty: School of Life Sciences and Education > Psychology
Depositing User: Andrew LITTLE
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2017 14:19
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2023 13:49

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