Newborns of mothers with depressive symptoms are physiologically less developed

Nancy Aaron Jones, Tiffany Field, Nathan A. Fox, Marisabel Davalos, Brenda Lundy, Sybil Hart

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Abstract

Sixty-three infants of mothers with depressive symptoms were compared on physiology and behavior to infants of nonsymptomatic mothers. The newborns of depressive mothers had greater relative right frontal EEC asymmetry (due to reduced left hemisphere activation), lower vagal tone, and less optimal scores on the Brazelton, suggesting that maternal depressive symptoms during pregnancy may be contributing to newborn neurobehavioral functioning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)537-541
Number of pages5
JournalInfant Behavior and Development
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1998

Keywords

  • Brazelton
  • Eeg asymmetry
  • Maternal depression
  • Vagal tone

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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