Influence of stress during pregnancy on maternal HPA activity and neonatal behavior

Rieger, M. and Pirke, K. -M. and Buske-Kirschbaum, A. and Wurmser, H. and Papoušek, M. and Hellhammer, D.. (2004) Influence of stress during pregnancy on maternal HPA activity and neonatal behavior. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1032. pp. 220-230.

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Prenatal maternal stress has been shown to impair birth outcome and behavioral functioning in nonhuman primate offspring. Little is known about the effects of prenatal stress on behavioral development in humans. We assessed the effect of self-reported prenatal stress on behavioral characteristics of 81 newborns using the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS). We suspected that high levels of perceived chronic stress during pregnancy may negatively affect the brain development of the fetus, reflected in poorer behavioral maturity and higher irritability. We found a poorer performance of newborns from high stressed mothers in the NBAS.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology
07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Ehemalige Einheiten Psychologie > Abteilung Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
UniBasel Contributors:Bolten, Margarete
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Note:Also published in: Biobehavioral stress response. - New York : New York Academy of Sciences, 2004. - S. 228–230 -- Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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