Greater arousal and less attentiveness to face/voice stimuli by neonates of depressed mothers on the Brazelton Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale

Maria Hernandez-Reif, Tiffany Field, Miguel Diego, Maxine Ruddock

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Abstract

Neonates born to depressed (n = 44) versus non-depressed (n = 43) mothers were compared on individual items of the Brazelton Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS). The neonates of depressed mothers received lower scores on orienting to the live face/voice stimulus and on the alertness items, suggesting they were less attentive. They also scored less optimally on the cuddliness and hand-to-mouth activity items, suggesting they were more aroused. These data lend support to the model that infants of depressed mothers are more aroused and less attentive.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)594-598
Number of pages5
JournalInfant Behavior and Development
Volume29
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006

Keywords

  • Arousal
  • Attention
  • Habituation
  • Neonates of depressed mothers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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