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TitleMother's anxiety and depression during the third pregnancy trimester and neonate's mother versus stranger's face/voice visual preference
Author(s)Figueiredo, Bárbara
Pacheco, Alexandra
Costa, Raquel
Conde, Ana
Teixeira, César
Keywordsanxiety
depression
face/voice
habituation
mother
newborn
stranger
visual preference
Issue dateAug-2010
PublisherElsevier
JournalEarly Human Development
CitationEarly Human Development 86 (2010) 479–48.
Abstract(s)Background: Neonates show visual preference for their mother's face/voice and shift their attention from their mother to a stranger's face/voice after habituation. Aim: To assess neonate's mother versus stranger's face/voice visual preference, namely mother's anxiety and depression during the third pregnancy trimester and neonate's: 1) visual preference for the mother versus the stranger's face/voice (pretest visual preference), 2) habituation to the mother's face/voice and 3) visual preference for the stranger versus the mother's face/voice (posttest visual preference). Method: Mothers (N=100) filled out the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) and the State Anxiety Inventory (STAI) both at the third pregnancy trimester and childbirth, and the “preference and habituation to the mother's face/voice versus stranger” paradigm was administered to their newborn 1 to 5 days after childbirth. Results: Neonates of anxious/depressed mothers during the third pregnancy trimester contrarily to neonates of non-anxious/non-depressed mothers did not look 1) longer at their mother's than at the stranger's face/voice at the pretest visual preference (showing no visual preference for the mother), nor 2) longer at the stranger's face/voice in the posttest than in the pretest visual preference (not improving their attention to the stranger's after habituation). Conclusion: Infants exposed to mother's anxiety/depression at the third gestational trimester exhibit less perceptual/social competencies at birth.
TypeArticle
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/1822/41544
DOI10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2010.06.008
ISSN0378-3782
Peer-Reviewedyes
AccessOpen access
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