Maternal Lifetime Trauma Exposure, Prenatal Cortisol, and Infant Negative Affectivity.

  title={Maternal Lifetime Trauma Exposure, Prenatal Cortisol, and Infant Negative Affectivity.},
  author={Michelle Bosquet Enlow and Katrina L Devick and Kelly J Brunst and Lianna R. Lipton and Brent A. Coull and Rosalind J. Wright},
  journal={Infancy : the official journal of the International Society on Infant Studies},
  volume={22 4},
Little research has examined the impact of maternal lifetime trauma exposure on infant temperament. We examined associations between maternal trauma history and infant negative affectivity and modification by prenatal cortisol exposure in a sociodemographically diverse sample of mother-infant dyads. During pregnancy, mothers completed measures of lifetime trauma exposure and current stressors. Third-trimester cortisol output was assessed from maternal hair. When infants were 6 months old… CONTINUE READING
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