Vagal tone in infants of depressed mothers

Tiffany M Field, Jeffrey Pickens, Nathan A. Fox, Thomas Nawrocki, Jeanette Gonzalez

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Emotional reactivity and expressivity in infants have been previously correlated with vagal tone. This study investigated vagal tone of 3- and 6-month-old infants of depressed mothers. Vagal tone did not differ for infants of depressed versus nondepressed mothers at 3 months, but lower vagal tone was noted in infants of depressed versus nondepressed mothers at 6 months. The developmental increase in vagal tone that occurred between 3 and 6 months for infants of nondepressed mothers did not occur for infants of depressed mothers. Correlation analyses suggested that higher vagal tone at 6 months was related to more vocalizations and more optimal neurological scores.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)227-231
Number of pages5
JournalDevelopment and Psychopathology
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1995

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Vagal tone in infants of depressed mothers. / Field, Tiffany M; Pickens, Jeffrey; Fox, Nathan A.; Nawrocki, Thomas; Gonzalez, Jeanette.

In: Development and Psychopathology, Vol. 7, No. 2, 1995, p. 227-231.

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Field, TM, Pickens, J, Fox, NA, Nawrocki, T & Gonzalez, J 1995, 'Vagal tone in infants of depressed mothers', Development and Psychopathology, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 227-231. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0954579400006465
Field, Tiffany M ; Pickens, Jeffrey ; Fox, Nathan A. ; Nawrocki, Thomas ; Gonzalez, Jeanette. / Vagal tone in infants of depressed mothers. In: Development and Psychopathology. 1995 ; Vol. 7, No. 2. pp. 227-231.
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