Annual Research Review: Prenatal stress and the origins of psychopathology: an evolutionary perspective.

@article{Glover2011AnnualRR,
  title={Annual Research Review: Prenatal stress and the origins of psychopathology: an evolutionary perspective.},
  author={Vivette Glover},
  journal={Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines},
  year={2011},
  volume={52 4},
  pages={
          356-67
        }
}
If a mother is stressed or anxious while pregnant her child is more likely to show a range of symptoms such as those of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorder, aggression or anxiety. While there remains some debate about what proportion of these effects are due to the prenatal or the postnatal environment, and the role of genetics, there is good evidence that prenatal stress exposure can increase the risk for later psychopathology. Why should this be? In our evolutionary… CONTINUE READING

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