Negative emotionality and cortisol during adolescent pregnancy and its effects on infant health and autonomic nervous system reactivity.

@article{Ponirakis1998NegativeEA,
  title={Negative emotionality and cortisol during adolescent pregnancy and its effects on infant health and autonomic nervous system reactivity.},
  author={A Ponirakis and Elizabeth J. Susman and Cynthia A. Stifter},
  journal={Developmental psychobiology},
  year={1998},
  volume={33 2},
  pages={163-74}
}
This research examined the relations among maternal emotionality, biology, and infant outcome and autonomic nervous system reactivity (cardiac vagal tone). The sample consisted of 27 pregnant adolescents and their 3-week-old infants. Measures of anxiety, depression, anger, and saliva cortisol were obtained from the adolescents both pre- and postnatally. Infant outcome measures consisted of gestational age at delivery, birth weight, number of risk factors at birth and at 24 hr, Apgar score at 1… CONTINUE READING

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