Less exploring by mouth occurs in newborns of depressed mothers

Maria Hernandez-Reif, Tiffany M Field, Natasha Del Pino, Miguel A Diego

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Abstract

Twenty-four newborns (M age = 12 days) of depressed and nondepressed mothers were assessed for oral perception of a nubby and smooth texture. Both groups of newborns discriminated between these textures and showed a sucking preference for the smooth texture. However, the newborns of depressed mothers spent 50% less time orally exploring the stimuli, one-third less time exploring the more novel nubby texture, and 59% less time mouthing the smooth texture. Newborns of depressed mothers may have biological differences that affect their emotional arousal and emotional regulation (e.g., capacity for self-soothing).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)204-210
Number of pages7
JournalInfant Mental Health Journal
Volume21
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2000
Externally publishedYes

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Less exploring by mouth occurs in newborns of depressed mothers. / Hernandez-Reif, Maria; Field, Tiffany M; Del Pino, Natasha; Diego, Miguel A.

In: Infant Mental Health Journal, Vol. 21, No. 3, 01.07.2000, p. 204-210.

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Hernandez-Reif, Maria ; Field, Tiffany M ; Del Pino, Natasha ; Diego, Miguel A. / Less exploring by mouth occurs in newborns of depressed mothers. In: Infant Mental Health Journal. 2000 ; Vol. 21, No. 3. pp. 204-210.
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