Leona Atkinson

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Maternal behavior in the new mother is a multidimensional set of responses to infant cues that are influenced by the mother's early life experiences. In this study, we wanted to test if mothers' early life experiences and mothers' genotype have interactive effects on maternal behaviors and attitudes, something which has not been previously explored. In a(More)
The dopamine pathway and especially the dopamine receptors 1 and 2 (DRD1 and DRD2) are implicated in the regulation of mothering in rats. Evidence for this in humans is lacking. Here, we show that genetic variation in both DRD1 and DRD2 genes in a sample of 187 Caucasian mothers predicts variation in distinct maternal behaviors during a 30-min mother-infant(More)
In this overview of paediatric pain management the physiological and psychological effects of untreated pain are described. Reasons for the undertreatment of pain are identified as incorrect assumptions about children and pain; personal attitudes of families, nurses and physicians; inadequate research and training; and assessment difficulties. The problems(More)
In this overview of paediatric pain management the physiological and psychological effects of untreated pain are described. Reasons for the undertreatment of pain are identified as incorrect assumptions about children and pain; personal attitudes of families, nurses and physicians; inadequate research and training; and assessment difficulties. The problems(More)
Animal and human studies suggest that initial expression of maternal behaviour depends on oxytocin and dopamine systems. However, the mechanism by which these systems affect parenting behaviours and the timing of these effects are not well understood. This article explores the role of mothers' executive function in mediating the relation between oxytocin(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe a methodology of assessing preschoolers involved in firesetting incidents, and outline the psychiatric implications of firesetting incidents in young children. METHOD To outline The Arson Prevention Program for Children and present case vignettes. RESULTS The heightened risk of burn injury or fatality in fires caused by young(More)
Research on stress physiology in infancy has assumed increasing importance due to its lifelong implications. In this review, we focus on measurement of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) function, in particular, and on complementary autonomic processes. We suggest that the measure of HPA function has been overly exclusive, focusing on individual(More)
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