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  Maternal childhood trauma and perinatal distress are related to infants’ focused attention from 6 to 18 months

Tu, H.-F., Skalkidou, A., Lindskog, M., & Gredebäck, G. (2021). Maternal childhood trauma and perinatal distress are related to infants’ focused attention from 6 to 18 months. Scientific Reports, 11: 24190. doi:10.1038/s41598-021-03568-2.

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Tu, Hsing-Fen1, 2, Author              
Skalkidou, Alkistis3, Author
Lindskog, Marcus2, Author
Gredebäck, Gustaf2, Author
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1Department Neurology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, Leipzig, DE, ou_634549              
2Department of Psychology, Uppsala University, Sweden, ou_persistent22              
3Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Uppsala University, Sweden, ou_persistent22              

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Free keywords: Infancy; Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs); Attention; Eye-tracking; Maternal mental distress
 Abstract: Maternal distress is repeatedly reported to have negative impacts on the cognitive development in children and is linked to neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g. attention‐deficit/hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorder). However, studies examining the associations between maternal distress and the development of attention in infancy are few. This study investigated the longitudinal relationships between maternal distress (depressive symptoms, anxiety symptoms, and exposure to childhood trauma) and the development of focused attention in infancy in 118 mother‐infant dyads. We found that maternal exposure to non‐interpersonal traumatic events in childhood was associated with the less focused attention of the infants to audio‐visual stimuli at 6, 10, and 18 months. In addition, exposure to interpersonal traumatic events in childhood was identified as a moderator of the negative effect of maternal anxiety during the 2nd trimester on the development of focused attention in infants. We discuss the possible mechanisms accounting for these cross‐generational effects. Our findings underscore the importance of maternal mental health to the development of focused attention in infancy and address the need for early screening of maternal mental health during pregnancy.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2021-09-202021-12-062021-12-17
 Publication Status: Published online
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 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1038/s41598-021-03568-2
PMID: 34921204
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Title: Scientific Reports
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Publ. Info: London, UK : Nature Publishing Group
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 11 Sequence Number: 24190 Start / End Page: - Identifier: ISSN: 2045-2322
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/2045-2322