The impact of childhood trauma and psychophysiological reactivity on at-risk women's adjustment to parenthood

  title={The impact of childhood trauma and psychophysiological reactivity on at-risk women's adjustment to parenthood},
  author={M. Oosterman and C. Schuengel and Mirte Forrer and M. D. de Moor},
  journal={Development and Psychopathology},
  pages={127 - 141}
Abstract Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) have an impact on women's adaptation to parenthood, but mechanisms are poorly understood. Autonomic nervous system reactivity was tested as a potential mediating mechanism in a sample of 193 at-risk primiparous women. ACEs were measured retrospectively during pregnancy. A baby cry-response task was administered during pregnancy while indicators of sympathetic reactivity (pre-ejection period; PEP) and parasympathetic reactivity (respiratory sinus… Expand
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