Oxytocin and the development of parenting in humans.

  title={Oxytocin and the development of parenting in humans.},
  author={I. A. S. Gordon and Orna Zagoory-Sharon and James F. Leckman and Ruth Feldman},
  journal={Biological psychiatry},
  volume={68 4},
BACKGROUND The nonapeptide oxytocin (OT) has been repeatedly implicated in processes of parent-infant bonding in animal models; yet, its role in the development of human parenting has received less attention and no research has addressed the involvement of OT in the transition to fatherhood. METHODS Using a prospective longitudinal design, 160 cohabitating mothers and fathers and their firstborn infant were visited at home during the first postpartum weeks and again at 6 months postpartum… CONTINUE READING
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