Children's stress regulation mediates the association between prenatal maternal mood and child executive functions for boys, but not girls

@article{Neuenschwander2018ChildrensSR,
  title={Children's stress regulation mediates the association between prenatal maternal mood and child executive functions for boys, but not girls},
  author={Regula Neuenschwander and Kaia Vivian Hookenson and Ursula Brain and Ruth Eckstein Grunau and Angela M. Devlin and Joanne Weinberg and Adele Diamond and Tim F. Oberlander},
  journal={Development and Psychopathology},
  year={2018},
  volume={30},
  pages={953 - 969}
}
Abstract Prenatal exposure to maternal mood disturbances shapes children's cognitive development reflected in the critical construct of executive functions (EFs). Little is known, however, about underlying mechanisms. By examining cortisol responses in both everyday and lab challenge settings, we tested whether the child/offspring hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal axis mediates effects of prenatal maternal mood on child EFs at age 6. In 107 Canadian children born to women with a wide range of… 

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